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Alzheimer's Association hosts 'Walk to End Alzheimer's'

by jmaloni

Press release

Tue, Sep 11th 2012 03:55 pm

Participants raise critically needed funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research

The Alzheimer's Association is inviting Niagara County residents and all Western New Yorkers to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer's Association "Walk to End Alzheimer's." The event will be held at Artpark in Lewiston on Saturday, Sept. 29. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

The local walks are presented by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, ElderWood Senior Care, Praxair, Tim Hortons and West Herr.

"Walk to End Alzheimer's" is more than a walk. It is an experience for the 375 participants in Western New York 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 estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer's.

In addition to the 2-mile walk, participants will enjoy the family-friendly event that will include music, entertainment, raffles, food and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's.

Start or join a team today at www.alz.org/walk or call 1-800-272-3900.

"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Western New York to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by participating in 'Walk to End Alzheimer's,' " said Leilani Pelletier, executive director of the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. "Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 55,000 residents of Western New York living with Alzheimer's and related dementias, while also contributing to advancing critically needed research."

The other four Western New York "Walk to End Alzheimer's" events will be held on Sept. 15 at the Chautauqua Institution and Medina Canal Basin Park; Sept. 22 at Delaware Park; and Sept. 29 at the Genesee County Nursing Home (Batavia). The Western New York Chapter is hoping to have 3,100 walkers across the five walks and raise $320,000.

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Its 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.

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