Hundreds of area residents participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of a large group gathering, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Craven County on Oct. 25, raising more than $49,000 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Association is keeping up the momentum and continuing to raise critical funds and awareness with a goal to raise $55,000 by the end of the year. Since the Walk is everywhere this year, individuals are being encouraged to still register, watch the opening ceremony, walk in their neighborhoods and fundraise on their own.  Registrations and donations are still being accepted through Dec. 31at act.alz.org/newbern.

“Many thanks to our Walk participants, volunteers, sponsors, and the New Bern community for their hard work and efforts in making this year’s event a success in spite of the obstacles this year has brought to our community,” said Lisa Roberts, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter. “We appreciate everyone creatively taking their own steps against Alzheimer’s disease and to raise critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”

Nanay Goreng was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising more than $4,400. Team Nanay Goreng has been walking since 2017 and is lead by Julie Nintzel in honor of her mother Gregoria Principe. The other top fundraising teams include: Walking for Mamie’s Girls ($4,200) and  Help fight with us ($2,655).

“Congratulations to the top teams for their stellar fundraising efforts,” added Roberts. “Together, we are showing the 180,000 North Carolina residents living with Alzheimer’s that we care and we will never give up in the fight to end this disease.”

For this year’s Walk, time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s were replicated. On Walk day, an online Opening Ceremony featured a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Next, everyone walked in their own neighborhoods with their family and friends.  Finally, the Alzheimer’s Association created the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format that participants drove by on Walk day at Galley Stores and Marina in New Bern to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s. 

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 living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In North Carolina alone, there are more 180,000 people living with the disease and 479,000 caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association hosts 19 walks across North Carolina. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association® mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

About the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter:

The Eastern North Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in 51 eastern North Carolina counties. It offers opportunities to get involved and to make a difference, in addition to a variety of services including: a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, visitwww.alz.org/nc or call 800-272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

Members of Bob’s Brigade endured the weather to walk because Alzheimer’s doesn’t stop, so neither could they.

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