Monsanto employees walk to end Alzheimer’s

Rainy weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm and community spirit of approximately 60 Monsanto employees, friends and family who showed up to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Maui on Saturday, November 8. The charitable event for the Alzheimer’s Association sought to raise awareness and critically needed monies to fight a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans.

Nancy Rose, a member of Monsanto’s Community Outreach Committee on Maui played a leading role in coordinating Monsanto’s participation by sewing and selling aloha shirts to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Between her volunteer time and proceeds from shirt sales, Rose single-handedly raised $2,000. When added to donations and matching funds from other Monsanto employees, the contribution totaled $4,640 for this important cause.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States – approximately half a million people die each year from it. Alzheimer’s takes a toll not only on the person afflicted with the disease, but on their family and friends who serve as caregivers for their loved ones. In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care.

For some Monsanto employees, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s was especially meaningful, as they have lost a loved one to the disease, or are helping to support and care for someone with it.

For more information about Alzheimer’s, please visit www.alz.org.