NEWPORT — Nearly 1,000 Rhode Island residents walked 2.5 miles and raised $150,000 in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 16, 2018, at Fort Adams State Park.

Lt. Gov. Dan McKee and Mayor Harry Winthrop of Newport hosted the Promise Garden Ceremony.

“Together, we walk on behalf of our friends, our families, and our future,” said Donna M. McGowan, executive director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Though we all have our own motivation to step up to the start line, our eyes are set on the ultimate finish line: the end of Alzheimer’s.”

McCarthy Brainwaves was the top fundraising team at this year’s walk, raising more than $18,900. The team walked in memory of their beloved Florence McCarthy, who passed away from the disease. Two other members of their “clan” are living with Alzheimer’s, so their commitment continues. The McCarthy Brainwaves walk to raise awareness, funds for research and to promote brain health.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death, and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In R.I. alone, there are more than 23,000 people living with the disease and 53,000 caregivers.

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