Parents Launch Prolific Fundraising Effort After Daughter's Alzheimer's Diagnosis

The KCBS Difference Makers is a weekly feature by reporter Carrie Hodousek that tells the stories of ordinary people working to bring positive change in their community. 

A San Ramon couple is working to raise money to end Alzheimer’s after an unexpected diagnosis in the family.

The couple responded to their heartache by forming “Team Stacey” for the East Bay Walk to End Alzheimer’s. They are now the top fundraising team and have collected more than $50,000 so far.

“We just kept asking Stacey’s friends, our friends and co-workers. People really wanted to get on board, so we had the largest friends and family team that first year,” said Denys Voorhees.

Their latest effort to raise funds came in December during a Macy’s fashion show hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. Jim Voorhees participated, modeling a gray suit and purple tie on the runway.