The Greater Utica area united on Sept. 22 in a movement to end the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Participants in the 2013 Walk To End Alzheimer’s raised $44,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter.
Funds raised at the event, which started at New Hartford High School and continued through the village, support the chapter’s commitment to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, and individuals and families dealing with a diagnosis.
More than 500 walkers participated in a three-mile walk, registered for clinical trials and shared their voice with elected officials.
The opening ceremony featured a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The leading fundraiser was Deborah Zionc, who raised $2,857. Her team, Bethany Gardens Senior Living Center, was the leading senior care team with $2,857. The leading friends and family team was Jill’s Doughboys and Girls, led by team captain Sarah Kessler, of Oriskany, which raised $2,404. Booz Allen Hamilton’s Rome Office team raised $950 and was the top corporate team. Fundraising continues through 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31 and a leaderboard is available at www.alzcny.org/news.