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ANNUAL WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S SCHEDULED FOR HUNTINGTON
The local Walk committee has set an ambitious goal to raise $30,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter. Registration for the Walk is free; however participants are encouraged to raise $100 to earn a commemorative Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt.
Teams who have registered for the event recently participated in Team Week 2013 activities as a way to enhance Walk recruitment and increase fundraising activities, while building team collaboration and earning great prizes. Team Week activities included “More Team Member Monday!”, “Team Up Tuesday!”, “One More Wednesday!”, “Thank You Thursday!”, and “Fundraise Friday!” At the conclusion of Team Week, Wyngate Senior Living, led by Christine Hall, took home the grand prize for recruiting the most new members and raising the most money during the week’s activities.
Teams and individual participants can register online at www.alz.org/wv or by calling800.272.3900. Event day registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 10:00 a.m. The day will feature food, prizes and the opportunity to celebrate loved ones lost to this devastating disease while taking vital steps to end it.
Currently, every 68 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and this growing epidemic is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals effected by Alzheimer’s disease will continue to escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.
Whether participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is personal, professional, or a mix of both, the reason to walk is the same – to give hope to people living with the disease, their caregivers, and loved ones. Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and debilitating, but the end of Alzheimer’s starts now.
About Walk to End Alzheimer’s: The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Starting in 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 the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
About the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter: 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.