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WNY Alzheimer's Association invites Niagara County residents to be part of Walk to End Alzheimer's

by jmaloni
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:00 pm

World’s largest event dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support & research

The Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, is inviting Niagara County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 15 at Artpark in Lewiston. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with the walk commencing at 11 a.m.

Lynn Westcott, senior director of development at the WNY Chapter, said, “The Niagara County Walk to End Alzheimer's is our signature event for awareness, and we are thrilled to bring the walk back as a completely in-person event this year.”

Coronavirus concerns prompted the Alzheimer’s Association to hold a virtual walk in 2020 and a hybrid version in 2021.

A press release stated, “On walk day, participants come together to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s, and raise funds that ensure the programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association are free to all who need them. In addition, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant ‘Promise Garden’ ceremony, with the colors of the ‘Promise Garden’ flowers representing people’s connection to Alzheimer’s – their personal reasons to end the disease.”

Bob Graffeo said, “I’m honored to serve as chair of this year’s event at Artpark, because I know how devastating this disease can be; and the funds raised by the walk will help bring us closer to a cure. I’m walking in remembrance of my mother, Alice Graffeo, who passed away seven years ago from Alzheimer’s. I invite everyone in Niagara County to join us for this fun, family-friendly event in support of a great cause.”

The press release added, “More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In New York alone, there are more than 410,000 people living with the disease and 580,000 caregivers.”

This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is presented by Uniland. To register or receive the latest updates on the Niagara County Walk, visit act.alz.org/Niagara. To learn more about the planning committee or sponsorship opportunities, contact Lynn Westcott at [email protected] or 716-440-4251.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has 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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