CINCINNATI, OH - Through the generosity of the community, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati raised more than $1 million to benefit families in the region in the Cincinnati Tri-State Walk to End Alzheimer's
This tremendous community support will help the Alzheimer’s Association assist thousands of families impacted by this fatal brain disease -- the sixth leading killer in the United States and the only disease among the top ten that has no cure. "This achievement is a testament to the generosity of the Greater Cincinnati community
and the momentum behind ending this terrible disease while caring for those battling it" said Bob McEwan, Chair of the 2020 Cincinnati Tri-State Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The outpouring of donations makes the Cincinnati Walk the fourth largest fundraiser of more than 600 Walks to End Alzheimer’s in the country. This is the fifth year in a row the local community has achieved the $1M milestone.
The effort was particularly significant because of the economic impact of the pandemic. "Our Walk was the only fundraiser we were able to hold last year due to COVID restrictions. Its success has allowed us to continue to offer programs 24/7 to those who need us, and those we serve have never needed us more, since the pandemic has affected those with dementia and their caregivers in profound ways due to isolation and compromised health"; said Paula Kollstedt, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. In the 37 counties the Greater Cincinnati Chapter serves in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana, there are approximately 55,000 people who live with Alzheimer’s
who are supported by 150,000 caregivers.
Throughout the pandemic, the Association has continued serving local families through education programs, support groups and personal care consultations. Between July 2019-June 2020, there were thousands of local calls to the Association’s 24/7 Helpline, dozens of education programs and 1,577 Family support group attendees. The Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 is available for around-the-clock care.
The Cincinnati Tri-State Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of six Walks the Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association holds annually. Nearly 1,600 people participated. Registration is open for the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. To register, go to alz.org/walk.
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.™ For more information, visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.