ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos encourage all fans to wear purple in support of Alzheimer's Awareness on Saturday at Broncos Training Camp Powered by Ford practice at UCHealth Training Center. The team will be matching all monetary donations to the Alzheimer's Association made at training camp on Saturday or online via http://act.alz.org/goto/broncoscountry.
"The Broncos have been proud to join the Bowlen family in the fight against Alzheimer's since the announcement of Mr. Bowlen's diagnosis in 2014," Executive Vice President of Public & Community Relations Patrick Smyth said. "With Annabel Bowlen recently sharing her own courageous battle against this disease, we're honored to host "Alzheimer's Awareness Day" on Saturday at UCHealth Training Center in support of the millions of families affected by Alzheimer's."
The Broncos and members of the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter will be giving away purple rally towels and bracelets at the Alzheimer's Association tent. Fans are encouraged to stop by the tent, learn more about ways to support and make a donation as they enter practice.
This 29th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place at Denver City Park (2001 Colorado Blvd.) on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event annually draws close 10,000 participants and has set a goal of raising $1.35 million.
The 'Broncos Country' Walk to End Alzheimer's team is a sub-set of 'Team Super Bowlen' and encourages Broncos fans to join the Bowlen Family and walk and/or fundraise to support Alzheimer's programs and research. 'Team Super Bowlen' has raised more than $350,000 for the Alzheimer's Association since its inception in 2014.
Alzheimer's disease facts:
• Alzheimer's is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.
• More than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, with more than 14 million expected to have the disease in 2050.
• Nearly $1 of every $5 in Medicare funds is spent on people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. By 2050 that is projected to be $1 of every $3.
Colorado Alzheimer's facts:
• 71,000 Coloradans are living with Alzheimer's today.
• Alzheimer's rates are projected to jump 33 percent to 92,000 by 2025.
• An estimated 247,000 volunteer Colorado caregivers provided 277 million hours of unpaid care in 2017.