On Saturday, September 24, United Memorial Medical Center staff joined over 500 community members in Genesee County to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.
The annual walk to End Alzheimer’s kicked off at the Genesee County Nursing Home. In total, $51,000 was raised, which exceeded the overall goal of $41,660.
Leilani Pelletier, executive director of the local Alzheimer’s Association; Kim Arnold, director of the Manor House; and Dave Gonlag, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; spoke to the crowd before the start of the walk, and offered words of encouragement and inspiration.
Gonglag told the Daily News, “We’ll speak to anyone, support this however we can and use our resources to help. Everyone has been affected by it, but people just don’t talk about it.”
The money raised will support local services for Alzheimer’s patients. To learn the top 10 early signs and symptoms for Alzheimer’s disease, click here.