2017 Chatham County Alzheimer’s NC

Walk & 5K Run

About the Walk & Run

The Chatham County Alzheimer’s NC Walk & 5K Run is held annually onsite at Galloway Ridge going through Fearrington Village on the 2nd Saturday of September. It’s a community event with vendors, refreshments, music and lots of fun. There’s a Fun Run for kids ages 4-11 to enjoy along with face painting. There’s so much to experience at the event including dancing with our amazing Sigma Phi Fraternity volunteers from UNC Chapel Hill. The Chatham County Alzheimer’s NC Walk & 5K is the largest Alzheimer’s fundraiser between Chatham and Orange counties raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

When you participate in the Walk & 5K, your fundraising dollars fuel the mission of Alzheimers North Carolina Inc. and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community.  Alzheimer’s North Carolina is dedicated to providing education, support and services to individuals with dementia, their families, health care professionals and the general public while raising awareness and funding for research of a cause(s), treatment, prevention and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease!

Have a question? Contact Celeste Lestienne on 919-545-2604 or email clestienne@gallowayridge.com

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About Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease is a disorder that causes the gradual loss of brain cells.
  • Over 140,000 people in North Carolina are affected by Alzheimer’s.
  • Alzheimer’s disease currently affects almost 5.4 million Americans.
  • Over 70% of persons with the disease are cared for at home by a family caregiver.
  • Nearly 50% of Americans over age 85 have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • $200 billion is the estimated cost to the United States.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
  • One in 8 Americans will develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Facts & Figures

Since the first Alzheimer’s Walk in Chatham County in 2011, more than $114,000 has been raised to assist Alzheimer’s North Carolina (AlzNC) in its mission of education, family services, advocacy for a better quality of life for North Carolinians diagnosed with dementia and their families, and research funding at North Carolina universities for a cause, prevention, treatment and cure.

Public support of events held at care facilities, Galloway Ridge Retirement Community and other venues in Chatham County, in collaboration with the Chatham County Council on Aging, has allowed AlzNC to provide family and professional caregiver workshops in Pittsboro and Siler City and numerous others in surrounding counties that are available to Chatham residents. Workshops, led by Lisa Levine, program director and Melanie Bunn, Nurse Practitioner for AlzNC, support groups, counseling, 800 Helpline and other support services as needed are providing valuable resources to Chatham County residents.


  • Information packages
  • Educational outreach for families, professionals, clergy and law enforcement
  • Professional in-service training
  • Collaborative programs with state, county & local government agencies
  • Resource center with free lending library and bookshop
  • Conferences & workshops


  • Funding research to find a cause, a method of prevention, treatment and cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias


  • Toll Free Helpline
  • Support groups & support group facilitator training
  • Individual and family counseling referrals & respite information
  • Newsletter


  • For the rights of individuals with dementia
  • For caregiver support

2017 Sponsor Showcase

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Results Report: 2017 

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