FREMONT – People of all ages from the Fremont community and surrounding areas gathered at Midland University to raise funds and support for Alzheimer’s research.
The Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Collaboration held their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event at Midland University on Saturday. The Fremont Area Community Foundation helps the organization to put on the event every year. The Fremont Area Community Foundation’s Executive Director Melissa Diers says the event is all about helping to raise support and money for the Alzheimer’s Fund.
“It’s a walk to raise support for the good and important work that’s done by the Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Collaboration. To support the Alzheimer’s Fund that we have at the Community Foundation here in Fremont,” said Diers. “The Memory Walk raises money that is used for caregiver support and training, for Fremont area families who are living with Alzheimer’s. And good money that supports promising research.”
Some of the sponsors of the event include Fremont Health, Miller Pharmacy, Nye Health Services, Home Instead Senior Care, Promedcare, and more. The Midland University Cheerleaders and Dance Team also came out to walk and perform for those in attendance, and students from Rosenbach Warrior Training gave demonstrations. Diers says the attendance is high every year, but this year may have the biggest crowd yet.
“This year I think it seems to me that this is the largest crowd we’ve ever seen here. Lots of faces that come back every year,” said Diers. “But we have new faces every year, as well. And it gives families a chance to really rally around their loved ones who are deal with Alzheimer’s. Perhaps loved ones who have passed. And this is a way to sort of honor their memory and continue the fight to end this terrible disease.”
Diers says there were many ways for people to donate at the event, including pinwheel flowers that decorated the track.
“There are pinwheel flowers that you can purchase, and you can designate the name of a loved one to be the person memorialized or honored by that gift,” said Diers. “And then those pinwheels are displayed throughout the arena and around the laps so that people can see who has been remembered through that particular designated honor.”
There are still ways that people can donate. Anyone can go to www.facfoundation.org to donate to the Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Collaboration’s efforts to support Alzheimer’s research.