News and Events Archive

Surviving Grace

AlzNC is proud to partner with USAgainstAlzheimer's to bring a special ensemble reading of Surviving Grace to Raleigh on Friday, September 5, to bring awareness to the issue of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in North Carolina. The performance will take place at in the Daniels Auditorium of the North Carolina Museum of History and boasts a legendary cast including Governor Pat McCrory, Loni Anderson, Diane Rehm, Darlene Shiley, and Debra Morgan. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by the play reading at 7:00 p.m., and dinner with the cast and major sponsors at 8:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, please follow this link.

Day at the Ballpark

Join us for family fun and food at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Thursday, July 3rd! Fireworks will be after the game, weather permitting. Vouchers for the game are $10 and a portion of each voucher sold benefits AlzNC. Download the flyer to share with your friends. For more information or to purchase yours today, call Richard at 919-832-3732 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wilmington Walk and 5K Run

Join Wilmington's first annual Walk and 5K Run on June 7. The run and walk will take advantage of the scenic Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk and promises to be a day of fun and community! To register as a walker or runner, visit www.alznc.org/wilmington5K.

Tee off with AlzNC

June 2, 2014 marks the 2nd Annual Alzheimers North Carolina Stand by Me Golf Tournament. We return for the second year to The Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs, North Carolina for a day of tournament play, contests, and raffles. All skill levels are welcome. Learn more about corporate sponsorship and registering by clicking here.

Dee Dee Small Step Campaign Update

We're happy to announce that Dee Dee's campaign to celebrate her 15 years with Alzheimers North Carolina was an overwhelming success! Though the goal was $15,000, supporters raised $20,0000. Because of continuing questions about supporting the campaign, the donation portal will remain online and checks or cash will be accepted by mail through the end of April. 

Funds were raised through both contributions made to AlzNC and to the organizations of the skydivers who joined Dee Dee in her jump on April 12: Marcia Jarrell, SarahCare Adult Day Center; Claire Severt, Brighton Gardens of Raleigh (a Sunrise community), Johnathan Rodriguez, Always Best Care; and Sommer Prestiani, Aging Outreach Services.

A tremendous thank you goes to Triangle Skydiving Company for donating their time and resources, making this jump a safe and successful one, documenting Dee Dee's journey.

All money raised by the campaign will support North Carolina families dealing with Alzheimer's or other dementias. 

If you have images from the day of the jump, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or post them on our Facebook page. 


March 4th Wilson Conference Rescheduled

The conference originally scheduled in Wilson for March 4th has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 13. Everyone originally registered for the conference have been automatically registered for this conference. New registrations are welcome. Please see the Conferences & Workshops page for more information the conference and registration. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Levine at (919) 832-3732 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2nd Annual Triangle Run to Remember

5K LogoRegistration for the 2nd Annual Run to Remember on Sunday, April 27th is now open!  WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary is the course once again and Omega Sports is coming back to present awards to all age group winners. The 5K will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a Kid's Dash prior to start time. Register before April 14 at the discounted entry fee of $25 and guarantee that you receive a special race t-shirt. Entry fee for the Kid's Dash is $5. 100% of all funds raised from the 5K will remain in North Carolina. Visit our online registration site to register online or to download a mail-in entry form to share with friends!  Questions about the race? Contact Richard Hiatt at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (919) 832-3732.

Dee Dee's Giant Step 2014

Dee Dee Jump April 12 marks Dee Dee Harris's 15 year anniversary with Alzheimers North Carolina and in celebration, she's jumping out of a plane. In honor of the individuals and families she's met in the past 15 years, she's challenging herself to both skydive for the first time and raise $15,000 for AlzNC, $1,000 per year. To learn more about Dee Dee's Jump and why she's taking this big step for Alzheimers North Carolina, visit her site.

Join Jeff Varner of WNCT and his team at the Greenville Walk on November 2nd at the Greenville Town Common. Jeff walks for his grandmother and says, “I lost my precious grandmother to this horrible disease and I want to be part of any and all efforts to make sure it doesn't happen to someone you love. I hope you’ll join my team by clicking the link." Want to be a part of Jeff's Team? Register here. A special thank you to WNCT and to Jeff for helping us bring awareness to this important issue.  Join Jeff's Team

Candlelight Reflections

Candlelight Reflections LogoAlzheimers North Carolina invites you to a Candlelight Reflections, a ceremony remembering those we have lost and honoring those currently living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, their dedicated caregivers, and in recognition of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. Join us Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Waterfall at Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds. Free parking is available. For more information, please contact Lisa Levine at (919) 832-3732 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2013 Research Funding

Alzheimers North Carolina is now soliciting proposals for release of its 2013 research funding. Requests should not exceed $50,000 and should be submitted no later than October 15, 2013. Click here to download research proposal guidelines.


A Sweet Treat

Lorelines, a local confection company launched its gift basket campaign yesterday on IndieGoGo. Jennifer Lemmons founded the company in 2011 as a tribute to her grandmother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, who she talks about in the video below. Some of the proceeds will benefit AlzNC. Check out her campaign and if you have a sweet tooth, check out her yummy caramels!


Len Erker Memorial Fund

Len Erker, one of the founders of Project C.A.R.E, a respite program for North Carolina families, passed away Saturday, August 10th after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. In memory of his dedication to caring for others, both in his personal and professional lives, we establish the Len Erker Memorial Fund to support his wife and eight children. Click here to donate. 


Research Grant Given to ECU Lab

Photo of Wooten Lab Check PresentationOn Friday, August 9, Alzheimers North Carolina awarded a $50,000 research grant to the Harriet and John Wooten Laboratory for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research at East Carolina University. Executive Director Alice Watkins, AlzNC chair of the Board of Directors Greg Wallace,and board member Laura Gaddis presented the check at the Greenville office of AlzNC. Read more about the research the lab is doing into Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Join us at the 2013 Alzheimers NC Triangle Walk!

Start your team, register as an individual, or donate online. The 2013 Triangle Walk is going to be held Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Koka Booth Ampitheatre. Download the flyer and spread the word! 

Galloway Ridge 5K

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Galloway Ridge at Fearrington is holding a 5K on Saturday, September 28, 2013 to benefit AlzNC. Race registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the race beginning at 9:00 a.m. Visit the event website to register and take advantage of the pre-registration fee discount! 


3rd Annual FTD Caregiver Education Conference

August 27th marks the 3rd Annual FTD Caregiver Education Conference, a chance for family and professional caregivers to connect with each other and with researchers. Keynote speakers include Dr. Bruce Miller from the University of California at San Francisco and Dr. Dan Kaufer from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For a full agenda and information on registering, please visit the conference website. 

Write your Congressman

Capitol Building. Image by Kathrin TauschThe Appropriations Committee in Congress will soon be deciding on funding for Alzheimer’s research. With over 5 million American families struggling with the effects of the disease, now is the time to double funding for research into a cure. Alzheimers North Carolina and US Against Alzheimer’s are encouraging everyone to send a message to their representatives in Congress, letting the politicians know that we want a cure. Add your name to the growing list.


The Devil's Ridge Men's Golf Association is partnering with the Rex Hospital Open to raise money for AlzNC! Purchase your $10 weekly grounds pass through the association and proceeds will benefit us. The Open, June 20-23, has four days of golf, family activities, and fun. Take advantage of this opportunity before tickets sell out. More information on how to purchase tickets, a tournament schedule, and a flyer for you to download at this link. 


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Night at the Ballpark

Join Alzheimers North Carolina at the July 5th Durham Bulls game. The home team will be taking on the Norfolk Tides at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $10. Click here for more information


A Different Kind of Ironman

When the Ironman competition announced it was coming to Raleigh, Jonathan Taylor decided he needed to compete. The Ironman Foundation's motto is  "Your Journey, Your Cause" and Taylor decided that his cause was Alzheimers North Carolina. Inspired by his grandmother's and uncle's experiences with the disease, he set a goal of $15,000. To date, he's raised an amazing $12,1110.00. Help us support Taylor's journey and thank him for supporting North Carolinians suffering from Alzheimer's and related dementias. 

Update: Jonathan finished the Ironman Raleigh competition having raised $15,745. Congratulations Jonathan!


Letter to Families and Supporters

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that robs millions of individuals and their families of the past, present, and future.  It slowly steals one's intellect, ability to communicate, independence, and dignity - even control over basic bodily functions like eating and caring for personal hygeine. It also places an overwhelming burden on caregivers - emotionally, physically, and financially. The economic impact of Alzheimer's is staggering. The cost of care in the U.S. is projected to increase from $200 billion in 2012 to $1.1 trillion in 2050.

Researchers tell us with the necessary investment and reforms, we can stop Alzheimer's in the next decade. But some in Washington still don't get it. Congress is threatening massive cuts that only months ago everyone said would never happen. They're reversing course and putting groundbreaking Alzheimer's research at risk.

Last fall, we succeeded in delaying these drastic cuts. Now, to stop them once and for all, we have to raise our voices louder than ever.

Join AlzNC, US Against Alzheimer's and other organizations by asking your members of Congress to work out a deal that protects critical research funding. Keep the pressure on now, before any deal is made.

Thank you,
Alice Watkins 
Executive Director











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