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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016
By: Clare Connection

Team Clare Oaks exceeds its goal in Alzheimer’s Walk

Every Friday for the past couple of months, residents and staff at Clare Oaks have been wearing purple for a cause. 

Casual for a Cause Fridays led up to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 24 and reminded folks that their help is needed in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

The continuing care retirement community recruited a team of 27 residents and staff to participate in the Alzheimer’s walk in St. Charles. Together, Team Clare Oaks raised $3,530, exceeding its goal by more than $1,500! 

The walkers, family and friends followed a route along Riverside Avenue, across the Fox River and through Mount St. Mary’s Park before returning to the starting point in Pottawatomie Park. Team members who raised $100 or more now are proudly sporting a T-shirt to commemorate their walk. All walkers received a wristband and Promise Garden flower. Each flower represented the walker’s connection with Alzheimer’s: Blue represented someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia; purple indicated someone who has lost a loved one to the disease; yellow signified someone who is supporting or caring for a person with the disease; and orange was for anyone who supports the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. Walkers planted their flowers in the Promise Garden, a colorful display that represents walkers’ commitment to honor, care and fight Alzheimer’s disease. 

The Team Clare Oaks walkers joined people in more than 600 communities on the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The money raised during this annual fall event supports research and provides programs to improve the lives of families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. Almost 16 million caregivers support and care for Alzheimer’s patients. 

Thanks in part to the funds raised at the annual Alzheimer’s walks, the Alzheimer’s Association has launched a $7 million investment in clinical trials that target brain inflammation as an innovative approach to treating Alzheimer’s. Researchers investigating four new drugs that are in Phase I or II clinical trials will receive $1 million grants to evaluate whether the drugs can stop or slow the disease. A unique part of this grant program is a $3 million prize that will be awarded to the developers of the most viable approach to further their investigation. 

Besides cutting-edge research like these trials, the Alzheimer’s Association supports direct services to families affected by Alzheimer’s including online connections, in person support groups connecting people with help networks in their own communities and a free helpline (1-800-272-3900) that offers information and referrals. The association also lobbies on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients and their families to keep reminding legislators and policy makers about the urgent need to fight the Alzheimer’s epidemic. 

With every step they took on Sept. 24, the walkers from Clare Oaks helped to support these important efforts. Congratulations, Team Clare Oaks, and thanks for your participation!

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