More than 400 people took the pledge on Sunday to end the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death at the 2015 Greater Utica Walk to End Alzheimer’s Presented by roi Office Interiors. Individual walkers, teams, and corporate supporters banded together at SUNY Polytechnic Institute to raise $65,000, the largest total that the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter has ever raised in the 14-year history of the event.
“We are humbled by the support shown by the community today,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “We had a passionate committee driven by a cause that impacts so many.”
Melissa Ryan of Rome was the leading individual fundraiser with $2,248. She was also the captain of the Booz Allen Hamilton team that raised $2,333, making it the top corporate team. Alpine’s Angels, representing Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Little Falls, raised $4,128 and earned top senior care team honors. For the Love of Lou Lou, a family and friends team captained by Mary Snider of Ava, was the top family and friends team at $7,755. Donations submitted through 4 p.m. on June 1, 2015 will count in this year’s total. Money received after the June 1 deadline will count in the 2016 total.
Walkers took part in a three-mile walk through the SUNY Poly campus, learned about how to become Alzheimer’s advocates, and participated in a meaningful ceremony that renewed their commitment to honor, remember and care for those with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, as well as fight to the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people nationwide, including 380,000 here in New York State. An additional 1.1 million New Yorkers serve as unpaid caregivers for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia.
roi Office Interiors was the presenting sponsor for the Walk. Based in Rome’s Griffiss Business and Technology Park, roi is a full-service office design and furniture dealer.