Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344.

At each Walk, participants come together and participate in the Promise Garden Commemoration, a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Lisette Carbajal (pictured above with Graham Elder) participated in this year’s Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of her father, Jose, who has Alzheimer’s. Carbajal, who serves on the Greater Richmond Chapter Board, is a caregiver for her dad.

“For the past 6 years, I've watched my dad slowly slip away because of Alzheimer's disease,” Carbajal said. “The hardest part of all this has been not being able to talk to my dad like I used to. Growing up, he was my best friend. There are not enough words to describe how much I miss the person he used to be. I wish I could still pick up the phone and call him like I used to, but because of Alzheimer's that's no longer an option.”

In Virginia, 140,000 people have Alzheimer’s, including 26,000 in the Greater Richmond Chapter’s service area. By 2025, estimates indicate that 190,000 Virginians will have Alzheimer’s.
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