2015 New Alzheimer’s Walk Team Captain Kickoff Party at River Rat Brewery

On Tuesday August 18, 2015, this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning committee hosted a kickoff party for new Walk Team captains at River Rat Brewery in Columbia, SC. River Rat Brewery is a local craft brewery, named after the three rivers that run through Columbia, that was kind enough to offer us up a wonderful atmosphere for the event. In addition to a variety of delicious craft beer we were treated to some great pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, smoked in-house at the Brewery. For those who weren’t in the mood for beer, wine was offered as an alternative. In addition to the new Walk Team captains, committee members of the upcoming walk also attended the gathering.

Photo of Party Participants
New Walk Team Party Participants and things they don’t want to forget

Alexis Watts, Director of Development for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Midlands Region & Nate Rhodes, the Chairman of the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Columbia, led us through the meeting offering insights into the walk progress and why we walk. Elizabeth Brantley gave an update on where the funds go and upcoming opportunities for local families to get support.

Barbara Brunson, this year’s New Team Recruitment Committee Chairperson, shared her advice for raising funds for the walk via social media, as well as spreading the word throughout your business networking events. She reminded us that we need to discuss the Walk to End Alzheimer’s with our families as well, especially those of us who have lost a loved one to the disease. Last year she raised almost $2000 by reaching out to her friends and families through social media and her associates through business networking events.

The real reason behind throwing parties heading up to the Walk in October, is to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. The money raised from the walk is donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and goes towards funding research to combat the disease in a variety of ways, such as, understanding the causes of the disease better, in hopes of leading to an earlier diagnosis as well as one day a treatment or even cure for those who are living with the disease.

For those that may not have heard, in the US alone, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death. That’s right, you can die from Alzheimer’s, many people think that you die from something else such as a heart attack or stroke, but Alzheimer’s disease itself is a fatal diagnosis. In addition to being among the top 10 causes of death in the US, Alzheimer’s disease is also the costliest disease in the country. The direct cost of Alzheimer’s disease comes in at roughly $226 billion. As women tend to live longer than men on average, women are more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In fact over two-thirds of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are women.

In closing please if you haven’t already join a walk team and start raising money to fight this debilitating, deadly disease. If you don’t have time to do the actual Walk on October 24th at Finlay Park at 9 am, you can be a virtual walker on a team and still raise money. Go to www.alz.org/sc for more information or go to http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2015/SC-SouthCarolina?fr_id=7785&pg=entry or http://bit.ly/1PghdPq to join a team or to start your own team for this worthy cause.

Always Best Care of the Midlands works with many clients and their families who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia so it is a very important cause to us. We welcome anyone who needs a team to join ours. You can reach Always Best Care at (803) 403-1895. #Walk2EndAlz #Walk2EndAlzCola #EndAlz