ECU teams sought for Greenville bed race

The Johnny O Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Foundation, founded by East Carolina University marketing graduate Mark O’Ravitz, will hold a bed race Nov. 10 at Five Points in Downtown Greenville.

The organization is recruiting groups from ECU and the Greenville community to compete in the race. Racing beds are provided.

“We are working to build one of the largest grassroots efforts…to ensure we receive the ultimate research efforts and the maximum support and awareness to the public,” O’Ravitz wrote on the organization’s web site,

O’Ravitz indicated that one in eight people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease and every 69 seconds, someone in America develops the disease. “It is our time to make sure Alzheimer’s and Dementia no longer take a back seat to other public health (charity) outcries. We…feel our calling will affect many people’s lives,” O’Ravitz said.

For more information about the event and registration, visit