Three Rivers sponsors Walk to End Alzheimer's
For the second year in a row, Three Rivers Healthcare and Rehabilitation, a division of Elder Outreach, sponsored the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Jonesboro Saturday, Oct. 26. Sherry Pearce, a Three Rivers employee, was the chairperson of the event for her second year, as well.
"Its very rewarding, because I see the impact the disease has had on the caregivers and families firsthand," Pearce said. "Everyone there has a story to tell. It makes me want to fight harder to see a cure."
Pearce has been a long time advocate for Alzheimer's and serves as Ambassador for the first congressional district of Arkansas. She recieved an award for serving as chairperson of the event and for all of her hardwork to fight against the disease. Along with Pearce, Congressman Rick Crawford's office representatives spoke at the event.
Over 500 participants were present this year. Three Rivers had over 50 participants on their team from Marked Tree and surrounding communities. This year, the walk raised $38,000 to go towards care, support and research for the disease. The Alzheimer's Association has extended their fundraising efforts until Nov. 26. Anyone wanting to donate to the cause or get involved in next years walk may go to alz.org.
"I really appreciate everyone in the community for helping with our fundraising efforts for the event, and I want to thank everyone that was on our team, because we really grew since last year," Pearce said.
Three Rivers' team was presented with an award for the best display of the event. Pearce said there were activities for all ages at the walk including the Fair Haven Farms petting zoo and a clown from Three Rivers, Paula Ward.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the largest event in the nation that works to raise awareness and funds for the care and research of the disease. More than five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's with the number increasing each year.
"Our saying is we are fighting to make Alzheimer's just a memory," Pearce said.