Alzheimer's Association Rally

Gerry Sampson says that there are 5 million people across the United States with Alzheimer's and that with those 5 million, there are 15 million care givers, making Alzheimer's more expensive than cancer or heart disease. He also says that while the disease is costly in terms of money, the disease effects the entire family as loved ones forget who they are, as well as the ones they love.

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The Alzheimer's Association held a gathering this morning at the Plain's Hotel in downtown Cheyenne. The gathering served both as a celebration to announce the opening of a local Alzheimer's Association chapter here in Cheyenne, but also as a question and answer session forum to help inform those in the community learn about the disease.

Gerry Sampson, Chair of the National Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association was on hand to answer questions and talk about the mission of the Association. He says that funding for Alzheimer's needs to be improved as it is the most expensive disease in the United States.

Scott Gardner, the Vice President of Chapter Relations for the Alzheimer's Association was also on hand to help answer questions about the association and the disease itself.

The local chapter, which was present in Cheyenne in the 70s and 80s will be opening again in March of this year and will be sponsoring several events this year, which include an open house for the new chapter sometime in March, the details of which have not been announced. Thursday, May 8th, will be Thankful Thursday at the Redwood Lounge on Lincolnway, a benefit bowling tournament will be held on Saturday, May 17th. An information and fund raising event will be held sometime in the middle of June and then on Saturday, June 21st the chapter will host "The Longest Day" as it is the summer solstice. Activities for that day haven't been decided on. The biggest event for the chapter will come on August 23rd, the Walk to End Alzheimer's. This event is the Alzheimer's Associations biggest event of the year nationwide to raise awareness and funds for the disease. The walk will take place in Holliday Park at approximately 9:00 AM. We will have more details as they are determined.

If you wish to participate with the local chapter, or have questions about anything about the association, you can call 1-800-272-3900 which is a 24/7 hotline for the Alzheimer's Association. You can also contact Anne Aquin if you'd like to help organize or participate in any of the activities listed above at ABCAquin@aol.com or call her at 307-220-3618.


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