Alzheimer’s Association hosts events through October to help local families

An estimated 6.5 million are presently affected by the disease

An estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

SAN ANTONIO – An estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is a big problem that families frequently face around the world, including around Texas and in Bexar County.

Over 400,000 Texans are presently affected by the disease.

Through the month of October, there are numerous events going on, where you can step up and help out.

“Our walk is October 15, it will be at Fiesta Texas again this year. This is our second year. Right now we’ve raised just over $250,000. Our goal is $850,000. So we’ve got a ways to go, but there’s still plenty of time for folks to register online,” Greg Sciuto, the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association San Antonio and South Texas Chapter said.

Those interested can register, by clicking here.

“We use our funds to provide community education, to provide support groups for folks to advocate for additional research dollars and also to accelerate research on a global scale. So the Alzheimer’s Association is the third leading funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world,” Sciuto said. “Your dollars directly impact the trajectory of this disease and work towards ending Alzheimer’s disease.”

The Beards versus Beans challenge is also returning for its fifth year as well. Matthew and his brother Miguel Martinez, turned a hatred over beans and a reluctancy to shave their beards into a huge fundraiser. To read more about it, click here.

“October 1, is a big day for us. We have Beards versus Beans, which is a couple of fundraising brothers for us that they compete every year to see who can raise the most. This year they’ll be at Burleson Yard Beer Garden on October 1. And the loser has to walk the length of Loop 410. So it’s a nice little challenge there. We’ll also have a car show (Cruisin for a Cure) by Heartis San Antonio at Huebner on Saturday. There’ll be over 30 cars, there’ll be a DJ, it’ll be a ton of fun. So a couple of opportunities there. Plus in addition to our walk at Fiesta Texas, we’ll have one in New Braunfels on October 22. So, a lot’s happening,” Sciuto said.


About the Author:

Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.