THE FACE OF ALZHEIMER’S  — Jan Warner visits with husband Ron at his care center. Ron progressed from a dementia diagnosis to Alzheimer’s disease over the last decade.
Herald Photo / Provided
THE FACE OF ALZHEIMER’S — Jan Warner visits with husband Ron at his care center. Ron progressed from a dementia diagnosis to Alzheimer’s disease over the last decade. Herald Photo / Provided
An estimated 600 residents from Howard and surrounding counties joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions at Jackson Morrow Park in Kokomo on Sunday, Sept. 24. Participants raised more than $66,000 to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs, and donations are still being collected.

“The community really came together, showing tremendous support for the cause,” said Casey Rowlett, Alzheimer’s Association Development Specialist. “It was a beautiful day to remember those we’ve lost and support those living with this disease.”

To date, Kokomo participants have raised 78 percent of the Alzheimer’s Association goal to raise $85,000 at the 2017 Kokomo Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will help fund caregiver support and Alzheimer’s disease research for Hoosiers affected by this disease.

North Woods Village received the Top Corporate Team Award, raising more than $12,400, and Ron’s Team received the Top Community Team Award, raising $4,162. They, along with several other award winners, were recognized for their support during an opening ceremony.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete a 1 mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, clinical studies and support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

“As a community, we took one step forward on the path to finding a cure,” said Rowlett.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Indiana alone, there are 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s. For more information or to make a donation to the 2017 Kokomo Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk.