“Alzheimer’s can strike anyone,” notes John Halloran, senior project manager for Eagle-Vail-based general contractor RA Nelson, LLC. “There does not seem to be a filter on who gets picked for this disease. The more we put toward research, the better off we will all be in the long run.”
Halloran understands this disease on a personal level. His father recently passed away with Alzheimer’s, which inspired him to involve a large group of his family and friends in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, he has RA Nelson engaged as a sponsor of the Vail Valley Walk, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.
Nearly 6 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 76,000 Coloradans. Halloran was among the 256,000 family and friends across Colorado who serve as unpaid caregivers for loved ones with the disease.
Proceeds from the Walks to End Alzheimer’s – there are 13 across Colorado – go to support the information, programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association at no charge to Colorado families, as well as research to find a cure.
Even with the challenges facing virtually all businesses in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Halloran said that raising funds to find a cure is a priority.
“It is still important to show our dedication to the community and to fighting this disease despite COVID-19 related setbacks,” he said.
Allowing for health considerations created by the coronavirus, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails all along the I-70 corridor from Glenwood Springs to Dillon in communities including Vail, Avon, Edwards, Eagle and more.
A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day on Broadway Street in Eagle to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s.
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit: alz.org/walk
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