Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tifton Raises $69,000 to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Staff Report From Tifton CEO

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

More than 100 residents from Tifton and surrounding areas joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, November 16 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Campus Track in Tifton. Participants raised more than $69,000 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are grateful to the Tifton community for coming together to show their support of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers”, added Linda Davidson, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “Because of the generosity from the community, we are one step closer to putting an end to this disease”.

Never Forget Fred was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising more than $15,000. Walk Team Captain Kristen King and family walk in memory of Kristin’s father Fred Horne who passed away recently from Alzheimer’s.

“I do what I do because of my precious father who passed away with this disease and to bring awareness to others so they know the importance of trying to find a cure”, added Kristin King.

Participants braved cold and damp weather conditions. Several people were seen with purple hair honoring those living with Alzheimer’s including top fundraiser Kristin King. 

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 Georgia alone, there are more than 150,000 people living with the disease and 533,000 caregivers.