Walk to end Alzheimer’s, fundraisers set

Staff report

September 9, 2013

Having a family member with Alzheimer’s can be one of the most debilitating scenarios in life, both for the patient and the caregivers. It is estimated that by 2050, one in every 85 people globally will suffer from the disease.

To help bring together the community together to fight Alzheimer’s, West Georgia Health and Vernon Woods Retirement Community again will be holding their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a fundraising event to boost community awareness while raising money toward eliminating the disease through research.

Alzheimer’s affects everyone, whether personally or not. To help raise funds, West Georgia Health’s Medical Information department’s “Memory Makers” currently are holding a $2-ticket raffle to win $100, team “Happy Happy Happy” will hold a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday in front of the cafeteria and Vernon Woods will be hosting a “Taste of the Woods” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Last year’s walk raised more than $17,500 to go toward community awareness. This year, the group would like to see more than $20,000 raised.

The walk will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21. For more information or to register, visit or contact Christina Vogler with Columbus’ Alzheimer’s Association at or 706-327-6838.