Fayette County

Downtown Lexington event expected to raise $250,000 to fight Alzheimer's

Orgnizers said about 2,000 people gathered at the courthouse plaza in downtown Lexington on Saturday to participate in the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's.

They were expected to raise $250,000 for research and programs that provide care and support to patients and their families.

In addition to walking a 1-mile course, participants were provided information about clinical studies, advocacy efforts and support services. There was also a tribute to those experiencing Alzheimer's, which affects about 70,000 Kentuckians and is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

As many as 16 million Americans are expected to suffer from Alzheimer's by 2050.

"We are so excited about the success of our Walk to End Alzheimer's this year," DeeAnna Esslinger, executive director at the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana, said in a news release. "These funds allow us to continue to be world leaders in Alzheimer's research and provide services in this community."