If you live in the United States, we’re sure you’ve heard (and maybe even been part of) a charity walk or a 5k run to raise awareness and funds to end diseases like cancer, ALS, or Alzheimer’s. They’re hugely popular in our country, and have had incredible results: since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has raised more than $492 million for Alzheimer’s research and community support. The Alzheimer’s walk 2014 stats alone were impressive: more than 49,000 teams participated in over 600 walks nationwide and raised more than $67 million.
Griswold Home Care offices across the nation have always been active in their communities, particularly in charity events and Alzheimer’s walks, in our support for research on diseases that affect the disabled and elderly population. This year we thought to ourselves, “Our mission is to celebrate, educate, and advocate aging in place and issues that affect older adults. How can we do that better?”
The answer came, as it often does, from thinking about our readers, our clients, and their families. We all collectively care about, and have been affected by, diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS and disabilities such as vision impairment. We realized we could make it easier to make a difference.
We worked with the Alzheimer’s Association, the ALS Association of America, The American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness to create an interactive map with pins showing charity walks and 5k runs all over the U.S. We have all 2015 charity walks listed for these non-profits, and we’re continuously adding more!
This map and the accompanying list of charity walks and charity 5ks is just one of the ways we at Griswold Home Care will continue to build and create tools to celebrate, educate, and advocate for older adults and aging issues (and to help you do it, too).