There’s a special event that occurs every summer in the Fabulous 40′s neighborhood of Sacramento. It’s a gathering of family and friends who are taking action to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Saturday, July 29, 2017, marks the 10th year of the City of Sacramento 5k Championship (also known as the Fab 40′s 5k Walk/Run) and about 1,200 participants are expected. All benefits go to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California.
“The purpose of the race is to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease– the sixth leading cause of death in the United States,” says Lisa West Community Outreach Director for East Lawn Memorial Parks, Mortuaries and Crematory, and race committee chair.
West lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s in 2007. She has been on the race committee since it began and is one of the many who have witnessed the affects of the disease and are actively fighting for a cure.
“It robs people of their memories.” says West. “They don’t even know who they are any more.”
Many of East Lawn’s 100+ employees from its five locations will be volunteering at the race, which begins and ends just inside the East Lawn gate at 43rd Street and Folsom Boulevard. Vendor booths and facility activities will also be at the entrance. The race winds though the million dollar Fabulous 40′s homes around East Lawn and is the only official 5k championship race held in Sacramento.
In another attempt to bring awareness to the disease, a very significant granite wall was recently built at East Lawn — an Alzheimer’s Memorial Wall. It was dedicated on November 1, 2011, and is the first of its kind in the nation. It holds names of those who are living with the disease as well as those who have passed way due to Alzheimers. On the wall is a picture of a grandmother with two of her grandsons. Her name is Eileen Miller and she suffered from the disease for over ten years. Eileen passed away on March 8, 2017. The community is encouraged to purchase engraved names. Proceeds will go towards caregivers and agencies supporting Alzheimer’s families.
“Our goal is to help with memory diseases that shorten people’s lives or make their golden years more difficult,” says West. “We believe there is a cure for Alzheimer’s. We just have to find it.”
East Lawn is located at 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95819.