JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL-TV) – A luncheon was held today to raise awareness and money to help fight a devastating disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association hosted the luncheon at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City to preview their two upcoming “Walks To End Alzheimer’s” later this fall.
“Today we’re kicking off our “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” season, we’ve invited people who have never been involved before to come out and learn a little bit more about the walk to end alzheimer’s and how they can get involved.”, explains Alzheimer’s Association Manager of Development January Tankersley.
News Channel 11’s Sydney Cameron served as emcee for Wednesday’s event.
The annual walks help raise awareness and money to help find a cure, a treatment or even a way to prevent the disease and laos brings together people from all walks of life that all of them have one thing in common. They have all been touched somehow by Alzheimer’s.
“Everybody is affected by alzheimer’s disease in some way and we want to communicate that to everybody here today, that everybody has a reason to end alzheimer’s as well., says Tankersley, “Right now, alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death in the top 10 in the US that does not have a cure, a prevention or a treatment and within the next 20 years, it’s going to become an epidemic. So we’re working hard to raise money to find a cure and a treatment for alzheimer’s.”
Last year, the Northeast Tennessee office of the Alzheimer’s Association raised $75,000. That money went to their local missions to provide support groups, education for professional and family care givers. The money raised also goes to research to find a cure, prevention or a treatment for alzheimer’s disease and the walk is a big element of that.
“The walk is important because it gives people who have experienced this on a personal level the opportunity to come together as a community, to meet people who have also been thru this disease, and to also come together for a main purpose which is to raise money for alzheiner’s and alzheimer’s research.”, explains Tankersley.
The “Walk To End Alzheimer’s” in Johnson City will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 am at Willow Springs Park and the one in Kingsport will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 am at Warriors’ Path Park. Call 423-928-4080 or go to alz.org/walk to register a team for this year’s walk.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.