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HELP RECLAIM THE FUTURE FOR MILLIONS

Posted by Eskaton on Sep 4, 2015 5:04:12 AM

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S®
Participants Raise Critically Needed Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

The Alzheimer’s Association is invitingSacramento arearesidents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. Walk to End Alzheimer’swill take place on October 3, 2015 at the State Capitol (South Steps) in Sacramento.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for 3,200 participants in the Sacramento area who will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

“I walk in honor of my grandmother Aiko, who is currently living with the disease,” says Scott Okamoto, a volunteer committee member for Sacramento’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, “I also work in the senior housing industry and am reminded every day how much this disease takes from us; our memories, our talents, our families and our personality.” Scott has walked for 5 years and continues to walk until there is an end to Alzheimer’s. “It is a mission of mine to walk until my children will not have to live with the fear of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I have seen its destruction first hand and feel we need to stand together to show our support for those currently suffering and their families. Please join me in my mission and Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

In addition to the 3 mile walk, participants will enjoy the emceeing of KNCI’s Tom Mailey and CBS13’s Tony Lopez along with music, great company, and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and 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 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/walk. To learn more about disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Contact: Sara Faughn, sfaughn@alz.org 916.930.9080

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’sis 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 – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer's Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer 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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