More than 100 residents in the Cowley County area participated in the September event, which benefited the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united everyone in a movement to reclaim the future for millions.
“We had a wonderful Walk this year. It was a gorgeous morning and we are excited to announce that we surpassed our goals in all areas,” stated chairperson Sarah Griggs, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor executive director.
Fifteen teams, along with the Walk’s sponsors, raised more than $17,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
“I was inspired by Cowley County residents uniting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Craig Davis, an Alzheimer’s Association development director. “With funds raised, the Alzheimer’s Association will be able to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer’s research.”
Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the walk through downtown Arkansas City. They learned more about Alzheimer’s disease and the Association’s critical role in the fight against it, including the latest about Alzheimer’s research and current clinical trials, how they can become involved in advocacy efforts at home and in Washington, D.C., and the Association’s support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. KSOK kicked off the event by providing a live remote at this year’s Walk location.
In the opening and closing ceremonies, the organizing committee recognized a few individuals and one of the teams at the Walk. Charlie Miller, Danielle Wilson and Teresa McCoy joined the Champions Club and received a medal for raising $500 or more individually. Holly McWilliams and Trudy Minkler were recognized again this year in the Grand Champions Club for raising more than $1,000 individually. Together this mother/daughter duo raised $4,356. They received Grand Champion shirts and a medal to wear with pride. All five of these individuals are part of Team Poppy, who collectively raised $6,751 and received the plaque for most money raised by a team. This the third year that Team Poppy has participated in the Walk and the also the third year that they have earned the first place plaque for raising the most money. Trudy Minkler was recognized for raising the most money individually overall with a total of $2,656.