PARKERSBURG - Despite rain and cool winds, more than 500 people turned out Saturday for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's at City Park.
Laurel Kirksey, director of constituent relations, said 508 walkers in 41 teams raising $40,847.62 for the Alzheimer's Association.
Kirksey said the largest team was from the Willows Center and the team raising the most money was from Eagle Pointe.
Photo by?Jeffrey Saulton
Paisley McDonald, 3, of Walker, left, was recognized as the youngest walker and top individual fundraiser Saturday by Wendy Hamilton, Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Coordinator, middle, and Evan Osborn, development director. She raised $1,113 for the organization.
"This is our largest fundraiser and awareness event to end Alzheimer's Disease," she said. "Funds raised today will help provide critical support resources for families facing Alzheimer's disease, awareness initiatives, educating the community and critical research funds."
Kirksey said organizers were surprised by the number of walker who braved the rain for the event on Saturday.
"We were expecting about 200 walkers, but it looks liked we've exceeded that despite the rain," she said.
"We hope to raise more than $40,000 to help end Alzheimer's."
Kirksey said the event was in its second year at City Park when they raised $48,000.
According to the association, a person in diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds in the U.S. where it is the sixth leading cause of death and the fifth leading cause of death among people age 65 or older. It is the top disease of the 10 diseases for which there is no prevention or cure.
More than 48,000 people in West Virginia have the disease and that number may triple by 2050 as the Baby Boomers age, officials said.