The Department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences in the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will be among this year’s participants in the virtual 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on November 14.
So far, the department has raised $1,490 of its $2,000 goal for the fundraiser that benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, funding research and providing care for individuals with the disease. Due to the pandemic, participants will walk in their own neighborhoods.
“By participating in this walk, we join in the voice to raise awareness of this catastrophic disease,” said Wes Williamson, MS, MT (ASCP), associate professor of medical laboratory sciences and captain for the UTHSC team.
“This year, we have all been affected by COVID-19 in many parts of our lives, and patients’ care has been impacted in ways that we never would have imagined,” he said. “For many Alzheimer’s patients, they may have felt the effects of this pandemic in ways that they cannot understand. This would be most true for those living in an assisted living facility, where familiar family members have not been permitted to visit out of the well justified concern of introducing the virus to these vulnerable patients. We decided to participate in this walk to help champion the cause to “End Alzheimer’s” to help the individuals and families that have been affected by this overwhelming disease.
Please visit the DDHS team page to participate or donate to the team’s efforts.