St. John Valley

Walk to End Alzheimer’s brings in more than $15,000

FORT KENT, Maine — More than 40 registered walkers raised more than $15,000 Saturday during the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event in Fort Kent.

Fort Kent Fire Department escorted the walkers on their 2-mile sojourn around the town.

Many of the walkers wore T-shirts with messages such as “Someone I love needed a cure,” and “Fighting for the first survivor.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia that has no cure, and more  than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The annual walk raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association to provide support and education to those suffering with the disease and their loved ones, including a free 24-hour helpline. The money also funds scientific research to try and find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. 

More than 600 communities throughout the United States join in the annual walk. Northern Maine Medical Center sponsors the local event. 

Donations are still being accepted online.

The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached by calling (800)-272-3900. 

​​For information about Alzheimer’s Disease visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

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