Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County hosts fundraiser

Money will go towards new facility

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A local organization held a fundraiser to help fight a disease that affects more than 10,000 people in Kern County.

The Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County held a fundraiser Thursday evening.

A gourmet dinner and wine will be provided and former President Ronald Reagan's son Michael gave a speech about how the disease affected his family.

Reagan shared memories about his father with the crowd and told 23ABC it is important to talk about the disease.

"Alzheimer's disease has become the C word of this generation where cancer used to be one you don't talk about if it's in the family now the A word is the one you don't talk about if it's in the family and the only way you can move forward with this is is talking about it," said Michael Reagan.

The association put on the fundraiser to raise money to build a larger facility on Buena Vista Road and Campus Park Drive and help those diagnosed with the disease in Kern County.

"We have a waiting list at our facility we have outgrown our building and this event is the kick off for our capital campaign. We are looking to raise two million towards our three million dollar cost to build a new building," said Robin McGarrah, marketing consultant for the ADAKC.

Fighting Alzheimer's isn't cheap and Michael Reagan told 23ABC even the former president had big bills to pay during his battle with the disease.

"Nancy had to sell my father's ranch to be able to have the money to take care of my father."

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