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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 18, 2017

Burlington joins fight in Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Sep 26, 2017

BURLINGTON — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Southeast Iowa residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, at The Port of Burlington.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also will join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by the disease.

“Alzheimer’s disease is unrelenting,” said Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association. “Little does it know, we are too. This disease affects more than the individual with the diagnosis. It affects their loved ones, friends, neighbors and our communities. It robs the individual of their cherished memories, the things they hold so dearly. It must be stopped. We need the community to join us in the fight against this disease by fundraising and raising awareness. All funds raised go to support local education, support services and research for a hope that one day, our future will be Alzheimer’s free.”

In addition to the two-mile walk, participants will enjoy a moving honor and remembrance ceremony, sponsor tables, kids’ activities, silent auction baskets and special guests. An interactive walk route is new this year with activities and surprise guests along the route. Walkers will have a chance to choose a basic or advanced route through downtown. Check in is at 9 a.m. and the Walk ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. All those who are interested in the Walk are encouraged to register and raise funds or donate to help end Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Edward Jones is a National Presenting Sponsor.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. More than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Iowa alone there are more than 64,000 people living with the disease and 135,000 caregivers.

Sign up as a team captain, make a donation, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk. Volunteers are also needed event day. Contact burlingtonwalk@alz.org or 800.272.3900 for more information on volunteering. Silver cord hours are available.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’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.

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