WHEELING - The Alzheimer's Association is inviting Wheeling residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. Wheeling Park will be the site of the walk on Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.
Walk to End Alzheimer's is more than a walk. It is an experience for the hundreds of participants in Wheeling who will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today's more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's.
Teams and individual participants can register online at www.alz.org/wv or by calling 800-272-3900. Event day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m. The day will feature food, prizes and the opportunity to honor those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's. Registration for the walk is free; however participants are encouraged to raise $100 to earn a commemorative Walk to End Alzheimer's t-shirt.
"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Wheeling to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer's," said Laurel Kirksey, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter. "Funds raised will provide care and support services to the more than 48,000 West Virginia residents living with Alzheimer's, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research."
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk; now the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter is the only voluntary health organization in West Virginia solely dedicated to providing education and support service to individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias, to their families and caregivers. The chapter serves all 55 counties in West Virginia and six counties in eastern Ohio.