Visiting Angel’s Eureka Team Finished in Sixth Place Nationwide for Most Money Raised Toward the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Event
Press Release from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Humboldt County:
The Visiting Angels Eureka team, captained by Visiting Angels Executive Director Jeanne O’Neale, finished in 6th place nationwide for most money raised for a Visiting Angels team. The team will now be awarded $5,000 from the Visiting Angels CEO which will increase the Humboldt County Walk to End Alzheimer’s event to $114,513. Individually, Lynn McKenna finished 5th in the nation for most money raised for a Visiting Angels participant and O’Neale finished 9th.
In the past five years, Visiting Angels and their network of support have generated over a million dollars in donations to help in the fight to End Alzheimer’s disease.
The Humboldt County Walk is now $487 away from their $115,000 goal. If you would like to donate, you can text 2ENDALZ to 51555 or go to the Humboldt County Walk website here. The event will continue to accept donations until the end of December.
Plans are already underway for the fifth annual Humboldt County Walk to End Alzheimer’s event will take place back on October 10, 2020 at the Adorni Center in Eureka. Teams can start signing up beginning in mid-January.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 3,000 people in Humboldt and Del Norte counties suffer from the fatal disease, a number projected to rise to more than 5,000 in the next decade. More than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In CA alone, there are more than 630,000 people living with the disease and 1,600,000 caregivers.
Families that are battling this disease can contact the Humboldt Senior Resource Center Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Redwood Caregiver Resource Center, Area 1 Agency on Aging, Adult Day Health Care of Mad River, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) that receives more than 310,000 calls annually and is staffed by specialists and master’s-level clinicians who provide support, offer information and suggest referrals. According to Kim Coelho, Alzheimer’s Association Community Engagement Manager, many of these calls come in around 2 am, when family members feel the most alone and discouraged. “They are so relived to find out that others are going through similar situations and that there is help available.”
If you would like more information, contact Coelho at 296.9060 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org