Edward Jones became the first national sponsor for the Alzheimer’s Association last year, making a goal of raising eight million dollars in five years.
Financial Advisor Katie Lamar’s Moscow Mills-based office came in third place for most funds raised in the region, which includes Lincoln and St. Charles counties, and she raised the most money out of all four offices based in Lincoln County alone.
“My grandmother got dementia around the time the first Troy walk started, so it has a personal connection for me,” Lamar said, before talking about how it feels to participate in the walk.
“You go there and feel the support of other people who have gone through it and lived through it, that’s what I love about the walk is just this overwhelming support. If you have not been, please come because it’s a really special morning.”
The Alzheimer’s Association is a national organization dedicated to creating supportive communities for people affected by Alzheimer’s (whether they have it themselves or know someone who suffers). They also raise money to fund scientific research as well as general financial care and support for people currently fighting the disease.
The way the association gets the word out and dollars raised is through their “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” – an event that opens doors for conversations and connections, learning more about the disease, and fundraising opportunities.
Lincoln County had its first walk in 2016, and organizers are working hard to get people pumped for the county’s fourth walk this year on October 12.
The way the walk works, people sign up as teams to participate. There’s no limit on how big or small a team can be, and individuals get to pick a name for their team as well, with many people choosing names to represent loved ones lost to or fighting Alzheimer’s.
Registering for the walk is free, but the organization does ask that racers make a personal donation or work to fundraise to help support the Alzheimer’s Association if they sign up to walk.
To help prepare for the walk coming up in October, the Alzheimer’s Association hosted a Team Kick-Off Party on June 13 where past and potential teams could come and eat some food, talk to people going through similar life situations, and learn more about the walk and general information surrounding Alzheimer’s.
Jim Danielson, a member of walking team RebALZ for a Cure, shared a few of his personal thoughts on Alzheimer’s and why what the association is doing is important.
He commented that people feel ashamed to talk about Alzheimer’s now, comparing it to how people were less open about cancer years ago.
“Everyone openly acknowledge and works through cancer now. Why should Alzheimer’s be any different? It can feel like Alzheimer’s is shamed, but just like cancer it’s not like a person chooses to have it. There is nothing to be ashamed of,” Danielson, who lost his mother to the disease two years ago, said. “I do this walk because she would do it. She always gave of herself, and taught me and my sister the same way.”
The RebALZ for a Cure recently hosted a fundraiser in the form of a murder mystery dinner, where 100 people attended and they raised $2000.