More than 70 people participated in the Cowley County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September, raising more than $13,600 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We had a wonderful walk this year. It was a gorgeous morning and we are excited to announce that we surpassed our goals,” said chair Sarah Griggs, executive director of Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor.

“With the funds raised, the Alzheimer’s Association will be able to provide much-needed care and support to people affected by the disease, as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer’s research,” said Renee Duxler, development director for the Central and Western Kansas Alzheimer’s Association.

Every year, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites Americans in a movement to reclaim the future for millions.

Walk participants also learned the latest about Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials, and how they can become involved in advocacy efforts and the association’s support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced Alzheimer’s.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor received first place in fundraising for contributing more than $5,600, and many employees were recognized for raising $500 or more individually.

Alzheimer’s disease now is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. In Kansas alone, 51,000 people live with Alzheimer’s.

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