2019 Fresno Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Over 3000 people participated in the 2019 Clovis Fresno Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This marks the tenth year anniversary of the two mile walk around Fresno State’s Maple mall. The walk raised $150,000, with funds helping support the Alzheimer’s free help line, research to end Alzheimer’s, advocacy, and family support services.

As walkers gathered around the main stage, they held promise flowers commemorating their experience with Alzheimer’s.  Purple flowers were carried in remembrance of loved ones lost to Alzheimer’s, caregivers carried yellow flowers, blue represented persons with Alzheimer’s, and supporters of the fight carried orange flowers. Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Northern chapter addressed the walkers. She relayed how helping her mother through Lewy Body dementia, was the most difficult experience she ever faced.  Alzheimer’s can devastate entire families emotionally and financially. We need to advocate for a cure, and until a cure is found advocate for better access to health care and related supportive services.

Brandon Miller came with a large group of residents from The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens. Miller said residents from The Terraces look forward to participating every year to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s.

If you missed the walk it is not too late to participate in the next one. The next walk is in Visalia on October 12th.

The Fresno Alzheimer’s Association is holding their annual caregiver conference and resource fair on Nov 2nd. For more information, and to register contact Susana Rodriguez at srodriguez@valleycrc.org. There is a $35 registration fee.

Posted 9/28/2019