A huge boost tonight to help transport local Alzheimer’s patients thanks to a local car dealership.
Bakersfield Hyundai donated $15,000 to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County this morning on behalf of its grand reopening on Wible Road.
ADAKC says the funds will support its newly launched transportation program to ensure more local families have access to its licensed day program.
“Transportation is the greatest barrier to our care,” said Janelle Capra, Executive Director of ADAKC. “We know there are more than 11,000 families living with Alzheimer’s right now in Kern County alone. We want to serve as many of those families that we can. With these funds, that will help us continue to fund our mileage, our gas, pay for our driver and for our own ADAKC bus.”
“We’ve volunteered with their caretakers and their clients in the past,” said Patrick Beck, owner of Bakersfield Hyundai. “We’re involved with their philanthropy and we think it’s noble. There’s never really enough to go around to every philanthropy [venture] so we had to choose and that’s the one we chose.”
The transportation program launched in August  and has provided 812 round trip rides averaging 203 rides per month.