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Thursday, June 21, is a Day to Shed Light on Alzheimer’s

This Thursday night, it’s time to Light Up Richmond Purple at the Science Museum of Virginia to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in the Richmond area.

Sponsored by the Delta Omega, Upsilon Omega, Pi Rho Omega, Rho Eta Omega. Tau Phi Omega, and Omega Rho Omega graduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the sunset ceremony will start with a brief program at seven in the evening.

State Senator Rosalyn Dance, Crystal Lander, mid-Atlantic regional representative to the International Program Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Marie Kolendo, executive director of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will speak at the event.

The Metro Richmond Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, are working together to encourage Richmond area businesses and organizations to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in the Richmond area through increased support for funding, research and legislative advocacy.

Last year, numerous businesses and organizations participated in the Light Up Richmond Purple activity in support of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that steals memories and lives. Every sixty-five seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Right now, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and that number is projected to climb to 16 million by 2050. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908, has worked with the Alzheimer’s Association to bring attention to this disease since 2014.

Shedding light on Alzheimer’s through events like Light Up Richmond Purple helps open doors and start conversations. The event is open to the public.

An award-winning writer based in Richmond, Joan Tupponce is a parent, grandparent, and self-admitted Disney freak. She writes about anything and everything and enjoys meeting inspiring people and telling their stories. Joan’s work has appeared in RFM since the magazine’s first issue in October 2009. Look for original and exclusive online articles about Richmond-area people, places, and ideas at Just Joan: RVA Storyteller.

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