The West Virginia Alzheimer’s Association organized a great event Sunday afternoon when hundreds of participants gathered for a two-mile walk at the WVU Coliseum.
According to Christina Beck, event’s main organizer, most people don’t understand how serious this disease actually is until someone dear to them receives an Alzheimer’s diagnose.
This event takes place every year in Morgantown, while the Alzheimer’s Association aims for a higher goal every time. More precisely, this charity walk seeks to raise $90,000. Beck further adds that more than $45,000 have been raised until now and many people are still donating.
Two participants, Linda Richards and Jennifer Thompson, shared their touching story about Jeff, one of their family members, who lost the fight with the disease. According to Thompson, Jeff received an Alzheimer’s diagnose in March 2010, when he was only 49 years old.
The disease manifested violently, and by 2012, Jeff already needed constant supervision. Although he did his best to fight back the disease, he passed away on May 7th, 2016. Thompson also stressed the importance of extensive research and funding, because Alzheimer’s disease is widely spread not just across the United States but all over the world.
Based on the statistics, this devastating disease ranks sixth among the deadliest maladies throughout the United States. Around 5.4 million American citizens are currently living with Alzheimer’s and over 15 million people working in the healthcare industry are doing their best to provide top medical assistance to those living with the disease.
If a cure is not found soon, over 13 million people will have Alzheimer’s by 2050. It is worth mentioning that this condition is in the top ten list of diseases that cannot be cured, treated, and prevented.
Alzheimer’s healthcare costs are expected to go past $160 billion by the end of 2016 and might exceed $1 trillion 35 years from now. Fortunately, such events like the Morgantown Charity Walk bring hope among local communities. Beck added that local businesses had brought their contribution as well by donating impressive amounts of money every year.
Donations will be accepted until the December 31st deadline, while the Alzheimer’s Association welcomes any volunteer who is looking forward to joining this noble cause. It is worth mentioning that the only natural prevention method consists of people adopting a healthier lifestyle which will bring a tremendous benefit to their mental health.
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