DENVER — The Denver Broncos and the family of Owner Pat Bowlen invite all Broncos fans to support Team Super Bowlen at the 29th annual Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday at Denver City Park (2001 Colorado Blvd.). The event will begin with a ceremony at 9 a.m. before all participants begin the two-mile walk at approximately 9:15 a.m.
Team Super Bowlen, led by the Bowlen family, has again joined the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to raise money for Alzheimer's research, support and care. Fans are encouraged to help Team Super Bowlen reach its fundraising goal and join the walk on Saturday.
The Bowlen family announced in July 2014 that Pat Bowlen is one of many Coloradoans living with Alzheimer's disease. Pat Bowlen's wife, Annabel, courageously shared her personal battle with the disease in June.
The event draws close 10,000 participants annually and has set a goal of raising $1.35 million in 2018. Those interested in joining Team Super Bowlen or donating to the cause can visit the team's page at dbron.co/endalz.
The Broncos raised $40,614.31 on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Alzheimer's Awareness Day during training camp at UCHealth Training Center. Fan donations online and at training camp (totaling $20,307.15) were matched dollar for dollar by the team to support the Alzheimer's Association. The event made history as the largest fundraising day for the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" in Colorado.
ABOUT THE 2018 ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
This year, the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado has set an ambitious – but achievable – goal of being the No. 1 Walk to End Alzheimer's in all of the United States. Typically ranked among the top five Walks around the nation, the Denver Walk annually draws in excess of 10,000 people—Alzheimer's caregivers, persons with the disease, family members and supporters—for the two-mile walk around Denver City Park.
For the 29th annual Denver Walk to End Alzheimer's, the fundraising goal is set at $1.35 million. Organizers believe it could be a conservative estimate.
The Denver Walk is one in a network of 11 Alzheimer's Association of Colorado Walks across the state that serve as the Association's primary source of funds to provide education, care and support for persons with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers—all at no charge. The Alzheimer's Association is also the largest non-governmental source of funds for research to address the deadliest disease without a prevention, treatment or cure.
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.
View photos of Team Super Bowlen, led by Annabel Bowlen and the Bowlen family, participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's.