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October 20, 2006

Faculty and students raise over $15,000

University of Louisiana at Monroe faculty and students raised over $15,000 this past weekend at the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk, hosted by ULM.

The ULM Gerontology Team was the second largest fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association, receiving donations from faculty and graduates from as far away as California. Proceeds from the Memory Walk go directly to fund local programs and services designed to improve the lives of those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Primarily an institute of gerontology-sponsored event, faculty from the geosciences and sociology departments helped raise funds or walked: James Bulot and Chris Johnson (gerontology), Neil White (sociology), and Tony Feig (geosciences).

Eight students in the gerontology master’s program and undergraduate gerontology and sociology courses, as well as nine members of the PIKE (Pi Kappa Alpha) fraternity, also volunteered.

The Memory Walk is the national signature event of the Alzheimer's Association, and one of only two major fundraisers for the Northeast Louisiana Alzheimer's Association. This year, the walk was held in memory of Bill Husted, founder of H Mickel Sports. The Memory Walk brings together family, friends, caregivers and concerned community members who all want to work to eliminate Alzheimer's disease.

Representative Mike Walsworth and a spokesman for Rodney Alexander's offices delivered the key note addresses to the participants.

James Bulot, department head of gerontology and sociology at ULM, estimates that more than 76,290 people in Louisiana have this disease, and as our population ages, this number is expected to increase until a cure is found.

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