Orlando Walk Chair Spotlight: Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings is serving as Co-Chair on the Executive Leadership Team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Greater Orlando.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

Mayor Demings recently answered a few questions about his involvement in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

How has Alzheimer’s impacted your life? 

My mother-in-law suffered with Alzheimer’s disease and my mother was diagnosed with dementia in the latter years of their life. So, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact that these debilitating illnesses can have on an individual and families. More research is vitally needed to aid in treatment and services are needed in support of families and primary caregivers. That is why I am willing to help raise money and awareness in support of ALZ.

What made you decide to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

The statistics surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are staggering. Already, nearly 80 thousand residents in Central Florida and over half a million in our state are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, nearly 13 million Americans are projected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

In light of this harsh reality, I decided to volunteer as Co-Chair of the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. I want to raise awareness and funds to support much-needed breakthrough research in the fight against this debilitating disease. The long duration of the disease affects both patients and caregivers. Alzheimer’s also significantly impacts the public health of our people and our communities. As local elected officials, we have the responsibility to acknowledge this reality to help promote healthy and thriving communities.  

How do you hope to support your community as a volunteer? 

I hope my participation as Co-Chair of the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will inspire other leaders and community members to join the cause. Together, we can fight this family and community issue and raise awareness and funds.

Why should someone sign up for Walk to End Alzheimer’s? 

One in three people over the age of 65 are living every day with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects our friends, our neighbors, and our communities. It is an unfortunate tie that binds too many of us together. By sponsoring or signing up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you will be directly supporting the efforts to raise much-needed funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

How can someone get involved in Walk to End Alzheimer’s? 

Getting involved is simple. Visit alz.org/Walk to find a walk in your community. Sign up as a member of a local team or create your own. You can also get involved with your local chapter by volunteering your time and serving on different committees. I look forward to participating in the Greater Orlando Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Lake Eola.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your community? What do you like most about your community? 

One of my favorite past-times is riding my motorcycle. I began riding motorcycles as a young Orlando Police Department Officer and I continue to ride today.

With over 40 years in public service, I am proud of our community’s ability to come together and tackle the tough issues. Collaboration among our community stakeholders, businesses, and residents helps us build a safer, healthier, thriving community to live, work and visit. 

Are you participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s? Here’s how YOU can add your flower to the fight to #ENDALZ:

✔️ Register at alz.org/cnfl/walk.

💰 Start fundraising and spread the word! We’ll provide tips & coaching every step of the way.

👟 Join us on Walk day.

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