According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans have the disease, and 120,000 of those are Georgia residents. Someone in the U.S. is diagnosed every 68 seconds. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death, with no cure or treatment to slow its progression, and since 2000, the incidence of Alzheimer’s has risen 66 percent.
Lauren Scott, a member of Team Brunette, said both of her grandmothers had Alzheimer’s.
“I’ve been a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for a couple of years now,” she said. “I knew I had to participate.”
The victory party celebrating all the players follows at the Park Tavern across the street after Saturday’s game. Event tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Team Blonde includes Taylor, Kristen Bartlett, Melissa Lawrence, Meredith Griffanti, Claire Barnes, Amy Clayton, Patty Lach, Anne Dorff and Laurie Brown. Their coaches are Alex O’Neal, Ryan Daly and Alex Stocko.
Team Brunette includes Scott, Laudeli Gonzalez, Becki Jones, Stacy Mattoon, Kali Lack, Jamie Mickelson, Sara Arnold, Heather Froy, Celeste Thompson, Christine Waite and Crystle Ryland. Their coaches are Charles Mann, Stephen Braue and Lee Gilbert.