Regence employees in Idaho walk to end Alzheimer’s disease
September 26, 2022
Delinda Shubin and friend at Walk to End Alzheimer’s
An estimated 55 million people worldwide are living with dementia, and in the United States alone more than 6 million have Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association addresses this crisis by providing education and support to the millions of people who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research to prevent, treat and ultimately cure the disease.
Engaging the community in the Walk to End Alzheimer's
Critical to raising funds for its mission, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 600 communities worldwide each year. This year, Regence sponsored three of these walks across the state of Idaho as a reflection of our commitment to support the communities where our members live, work and play.
Delinda Shubin, a Regence sales executive, attended Walk to End Alzheimer’s - Magic Valley on Sept. 10, the first of the Regence-sponsored events. “I felt the love and energy with people of all ages attending,” says Delinda. “I attended the event because I’ve seen the battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s; they can strike anyone or any family, and it's difficult to witness.”
Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to join the remaining two Alzheimer’s Association walks coming up in October:
“The advancement of education and research is absolutely critical in creating effective treatments for early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said Daniel Meltzer, M.D., executive medical director of Regence BlueShield of Idaho. “The Alzheimer’s Association is making great strides in this field, and we’re honored to support their work and engage our employees in participating.”
“We cannot fight this fight alone and having the support of organizations like Regence is more than just helping us raise funds to end this disease; it also shows the commitment of Regence and its employees to our community,” says Alix Hilton, senior walk manager for Alzheimer's Association in Greater Idaho. “The Magic Valley walk had more participation than previous years – we had more community organizations involved, more individuals walking, and more volunteers. To us, this proves that this event matters in Magic Valley and across Idaho.”