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Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Harrisonburg Raises $123,000 to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

HARRISONBURG, VA, November 16, 2023 – Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s®  at Rockingham Park at the Crossroads on Saturday, Nov. 4. Participants raised more than $123,000 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We know that many teams are still fundraising and are hopeful that we will reach the Walk’s $135,000 goal,” said Tia Brown, Walk Manager. “Fundraising continues through the end of the year. We hope the community will visit to make a donation."

The top fundraising team was Sigma Kappa Delta Rho from James Madison University who raised over $36,700. The top fundraising participant was Rebecca Foster, a longtime fundraiser for the Walk who raised $5,787. 

”Over 12 years ago I became more aware of Alzheimer's disease when I had a customer whose husband had Alzheimer's. At first you wouldn't have known he even had it, but as time went on you could see more and more signs of this deadly disease. This couple really opened my eyes to this disease and how I could help others going through the same thing,” said Foster. I have an opportunity in my job to listen and be able to pass the story on to others to help them out. I have lost some great people to this disease, including my grandmother, and witnessed how hard it is for the families to see their loved ones go through this”.

Sponsors of the Walk this year included Bridgewater Retirement Community and Sentara Healthcare.

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Virginia alone, there are more than 150,000 people living with the disease and 354,000 caregivers.

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s. 
Alzheimer's Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit or call 800.272.3900.