More than 360 residents from Ames and surrounding areas joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions at the Ames Middle School on Oct. 12. Participants raised more than $57,700 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
The event was staffed by volunteers from the Sigma Kappa Sorority at ISU. Walkers were cheered on by the Iowa State Spirit Squad as they began their two-mile walk. The top fundraising team, “Walkin’ for Mom,” raised over $16,200, with team captain Leora Darrah-Jarnagin of Nevada championing the cause by raising over $6,000 herself.
In addition to walking, participants learned more about Alzheimer’s and the association’s role in the fight against it, including information on the latest research and current clinical trials, how they can become involved in advocacy efforts at home and in the nation’s capital and about the association’s support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute to those how have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.