Alzheimer’s event raises funds for research

A team from Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor participates in Color for a Cure to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.

A team from Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor participates in Color for a Cure to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.

The inaugural Color for a Cure 5K raised nearly $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Organizers say they couldn’t be happier with the turnout and how the race, in turn, benefited the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“We just had a really big year, and part of the reason the fundraising was so much more successful was because of the run,” said Tara Clawson, marketing director for Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor and co-chair of the 5K planning committee, with Memory Care Charge Nurse Sarah Standerfer. Executive Director Sarah Griggs led the committee for the walk.

About 250 runners participated in the race through Arkansas City on Sept. 13, getting doused with brightly colored powders along the way. The event netted about $2,800 to donate to Alzheimer’s research and support groups, Tara said.

Later in the day, about 195 people participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – far more than expected. Tara said she thinks publicity about the 5K race helped raise awareness of both events.

“When the run was advertised, more people asked about the walk,” she said. “We had a lot of new teams for the walk. We had 20 overall, and our goal was 14.”

The Presbyterian Manor team’s goal was to raise $1,500 from the walk. Tara said it brought in $2,951.

In 2012, the first walk raised $9,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. This year the goal was $14,000, and it was easily met and surpassed by $22,000 in total donations, she said.

Raising Alzheimer’s awareness is just as important, Tara said, because the disease shows no signs of slowing. Statistically, one in eight Cowley County residents age 65 or older will develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. “The shocking part is it’s going to affect everybody at some point, whether personally or through family and friends,” Tara said.