– An Alzheimer’s Association volunteer and FedEx employee raised $34,000 for the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Memphis. And he’s just getting started.
Over the past eight years, Wes Milligan has raised more than $120,000 for the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementia — and on his 40th
birthday in 2019, he pledged to raise $200,000 over the next 10 years. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a year marked by logistical challenges, Milligan leveraged the power of online storytelling and his social media network to achieve a personal fundraising record. The milestone placed him among the Top 30 Nationwide Walkers for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s support, but I had my doubts I would reach my fundraising goal during the pandemic,” Milligan said. “During even challenging times, however, the generosity of Memphis and others grew beyond my wildest expectations. I’m honored to have so many family, friends and FedEx co-workers join our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”
FedEx Freight, headquartered in Memphis, has sponsored the Memphis Walk to End Alzheimer’s for four years in a row (2017-2020), and Milligan is just one example of FedEx team members supporting the communities where they live and work.
“Giving back is part of the FedEx culture, and we take pride in knowing that our team members are committed to impactful and meaningful work to deliver a better future for communities around the globe,” said Jeff Greer, senior vice president, Human Resources, FedEx Freight.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. In Tennessee alone, 120,000 people are currently living with the disease. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including 444,000 unpaid caregivers in Tennessee.
To learn more about Wes Milligan’s story, go to act.alz.org/goto/WesMilligan
. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk
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; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.
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