Why I Walk: Kelsey

Kelsey Moore of Abingdon, IL attended her first Walk to End Alzheimer’s with her family at the 2015 Macomb Walk to End Alzheimer’s and since then, she has launched full force in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

12087315_10153038035891583_9148761045603417686_o.jpgKelsey is motivated to help end Alzheimer’s by the loss of her three family members. Her great-grandfathers, Charles Sharp and J.L. Cook, both passed from the disease, as well as her grandpa, Glenn Moore.

“I’ve been able to see firsthand the caregiver side of the experience, as well as witness what the person with Alzheimer’s disease goes through,” said Kelsey. It is these experiences that are motivating Kelsey to raise more funds and awareness to end Alzheimer’s disease. She is participating in the Knox-Warren Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 24 and hopes to raise over $500 in honor of her family.

 

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is the only one in the top ten with no way to prevent, slow or cure it. With over 220,000 persons with Alzheimer’s and 590,000 caregivers in Illinois, Kelsey wants people to know that the funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s serve an important purpose. Each dollar raised helps provide care and support to local people living with Alzheimer’s and their families and helps advance crucial research, with hopes that we will soon find a cure.

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Kelsey and her family at the 2015 Macomb Walk to End Alzheimer’s

 

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Participants of the Macomb 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s participate in the promise garden ceremony

 

“My favorite part about the Walk was the promise garden flowers- being able to see the different groups of people in the community  come together and how Alzheimer’s affects way more people than you realize.”

 

 

 

Want to join Kelsey and your community in the fight to #ENDALZ? Visit alz.org/walk to sign up for your local Walk to End Alzheimer’s today! 

 

 

Interested in sharing your Why I Walk story? Email lgunty@alz.org 

 

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