Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for over 1700 participants in South Hampton Roads 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.
Mayor Will Sessoms will be speaking at the event. It will be emceed by Sandra Parker from WVEC and John Shomby from Max Media. Lisa Poole will lead a short Zumba exercise to get everyone pumped up to walk.
The Alzheimer’s Association is also raffling off a 2012 Toyota Corolla S donated in honor of Judith A. Orrell. The car will be on site and tickets will be available for purchase for $5 each! The drawing will be held on 11/11/13 at noon (winner need not be present to win) at BayPort Credit Union’s City Center Branch in Newport News.
Walk registration is free. Participants can sign up the day of the walk on-site. They need to raise or donate $100 to be eligible for a walk T-shirt. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., ceremony starts at 9:30 and the 1 to 3 mile walk begins at 10 a.m. Dogs are welcome as long as local leash and clean up laws are followed.
Money raised through events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s® allow the Alzheimer’s Association to continue to offer programs and services to our local community including professionals, caregivers and families affected by the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, to help staff the 24 Hour-Helpline, and to fund innovative research to end this devastating 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 more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team today at alz.org/seva.
The Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter offers free support groups, free orientation classes for family caregivers, professional caregiver training classes, free 24/7 Helpline, and more.