Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sunday at WCC

 

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti 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 Sunday, Oct. 7 at Washtenaw Community College.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete two loops around campus, starting in the campus park behind the Gunder Myran and Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

“We are thrilled to be a part of another great year of bringing so many amazing people together for the purpose of fighting back against Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia,” says Maggie Gibbons, Senior Walk Lead for the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. “With so many Washtenaw County residents living with the disease and serving as caregivers, it’s a cause that hits home for many in our community.”

Special thanks to our National Presenting Sponsor Edward Jones, our Elite Sponsor Hillside Terrace, our Statewide Sponsor St. Joseph Mercy Home Care, Hospice and Senior Communities, and our Gold Sponsor Molex, for their support of this year’s Walk.

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. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Michigan alone, there are more than 180,000 people living with the disease and over 514,000 caregivers.

Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

WHO: Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter

WHAT: Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti

WHERE: Washtenaw Community College Campus Park (behind the Gunder Myran and Crane Liberal Arts & Science Building)

WHEN: Sunday, October 7. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., opening ceremony is at 11:45 and the two-mile walk around campus begins at noon.

BEST POINT OF CONTACT: I will be the best point of contact for any media attending. I can be reached via cell at 810-624-4099.

LOCAL SPOKESPERSON: Colleen Greene lost her mother to Alzheimer’s disease nine years ago. She is now a dedicated volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, chairing the 2018 Ann Arbor Walk planning committee. Let me know if you’re interested in speaking with her and I’m happy to provide her contact information.

 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

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. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

 

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