View photos of Team Super Bowlen, led by Annabel Bowlen and the Bowlen family, participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's.
DENVER —** Team Super Bowlen and the Denver Broncos raised approximately $100,000 for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's held this morning at City Park.
Donations from the Bowlen family along with Broncos players, coaches and staff totaled nearly $50,000 for Team Super Bowlen. A matching donation from the Broncos' organization brought the total donation to approximately $100,000 for Alzheimer's research, support and care.
Team Super Bowlen, led by Annabel Bowlen and members of the Bowlen family, was joined by more than 70 Broncos employees and their families at Saturday's walk.
The Broncos and the Bowlen family announced in July 2014 that Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen is one of many Coloradoans living with Alzheimer's disease. In the United States, an individual develops Alzheimer's every 66 seconds and more than five million Americans are currently living with the disease.
The Alzheimer's Association of Colorado is one of the Broncos' 10 flagship community partners. In Colorado alone, there are more than 69,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer's. By the year 2020, there will be enough Coloradans living with Alzheimer's to fill Sports Authority Field at Mile High (capacity: 76,125).
ABOUT THE 2017 ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
This year, the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado 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 28th annual Denver Walk to End Alzheimer's, the fundraising goal was set at a record-high of $1.5 million.
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.