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KANNAPOLIS— More than 700 people, representing 77 teams, came out Saturday for the 2016 Rowan Cabarrus Walk to End Alzheimer’s held at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, according to the organization’s website. The event was a fundraiser were officials hoped to raise $60,000. According to their website, they have raised more than $80,000 so far from Saturday’s event.
The top five fundraising teams included:
- Sigma Kappa Theta Mu with $13,277
- CHALLENGING TIMES with $6,301
- Totally Trinity with $3,357.97
- The Oak Tree with $3,214.25
- Brookdale Concord Parkway with $3,195
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease and There are more than 15.9 million caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States. In 2016, Alzheimer’s will cost the United States $236 billion, according to the organization’s website.
During the event, participants were able to receive several colored “flowers,” representing different aspects of Alzheimer’s. Purple was for anyone who lost someone to Alzheimer’s; blue was for anyone with Alzheimer’s; yellow was for anyone who supports or cares for someone with Alzheimer’s; and orange was for anyone who supported the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.