ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos encourage all fans to wear purple in support of Alzheimer's Awareness Day on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Broncos Training Camp powered by Ford practice at UCHealth Training Center.
In honor of the third annual Alzheimer's Awareness Day at Broncos Training Camp, Empower Retirement and the Broncos will be making a check presentation to the Alzheimer's Association at 8:45 a.m. on the plaza.
All fan donations will go towards the 'Broncos Country' Walk to End Alzheimer's team which will participate in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's (Denver City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd.) on Saturday, Sept. 18. Fans are invited to join the Broncos Country Team at the event, which annually draws more than 10,000 participants and has set a goal of raising $1.475 million.
Since 2014, the Denver Broncos and the Bowlen family (Team Super Bowlen) have raised more than $650,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
The Broncos, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, and members of the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter will be giving away purple rally towels, beads and foam fingers on Wednesday at the Alzheimer's Association tent at practice. Fans are encouraged to stop by the tent, learn more about the Association, write notes to local caregivers, make monetary donations and register for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Additional activations include a purple balloon arch, goal post covers and attire worn by Broncos coaches.
Alzheimer's disease facts:
- Alzheimer's is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.
- More than 6.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, with nearly 13 million expected to have the disease by 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:
- 76,000 Coloradans are living with Alzheimer's today.
- Alzheimer's-related deaths are up 157% since 2000.
- An estimated 158,000 volunteer Colorado caregivers provided 184 million hours of unpaid care in 2020.
About Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Founded in 1980, the Association is headquartered in Chicago, has a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in all 50 states, including seven offices across Colorado. The Association provides a wide range of education information, live and online webinars, support groups, family consultations, and a 24/7 Helpline staffed by trained professionals. All of the Association's programs and services are provided at no charge to families.
The Association also is the leading non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, behind only the governments of the United States and China. Currently the Association is funding more than 590 research projects in 31 countries at a cost of over $208 million.