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Alzheimer's Association raises nearly $100,000 at Walk to End Alzheimer's in Port St. Lucie

The St. Lucie News-Tribune logo The St. Lucie News-Tribune 10/14/2019 Yarissa Reyes, Special to TCPalm

Nearly 1,000 residents from across the Treasure Coast joined the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 28 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Participants raised more than $95,708 for the Alzheimer's Association to fund its care, support and research programs.

Donations are being accepted through Dec. 20, 2019.

“Alzheimer’s is destroying our families, our finances and our future,” said Audra Afflitto, chief executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida region. “It’s time to end it. Saturday was a beautiful day filled with support, strength and passion to end this disease. We thank the Treasure Coast community for participating in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Port St. Lucie and we hope to see everyone, and more, next year!”

Jon Shainman, from WPTV NewsChannel 5, welcomed walk participants and served as emcee for the morning’s festivities. Connor Martell from State Rep. Toby Overdorf’s office, Angel Robertson from Congressman Brian Mast’s office, and Edward Jones Financial Adviser David Rosendahl also were in attendance and participated in the opening ceremony.

The ceremony also featured several families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Pam Sante, member of Team Henry’s Walk for a Cure, shared her story: “Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. My father passed away last year from this horrible disease. It was such an emotional day and an amazing event to be a part of. The community really came together to raise money and walk.”

Team Henry’s Walk for a Cure has been involved with the walk for two years. Currently, they are the top fundraising team from this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising nearly $5,000.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In Florida, there are more than 560,000 people living with the disease and 1.1 million caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, and now it's continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900 for more information.

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