The Alzheimer’s Association invites people to have an impact on the future by participating in its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The local walk will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus, 705 N. 16th St., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
Participants will cover about 1.5 miles and learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. Walkers will also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.
The walk planning committee hopes to raise $26,000 at the event to help support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, a press release from the organization stated.
“The walk is an entertaining and fun opportunity for friends and families to experience together while at the same time supporting a wonderful cause that helps provide support locally for those living with or affected by Alzheimer’s,” said Marsha Williams, program and event coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association.
In addition to the 1.5 mile walk, participants will enjoy the opening ceremony kickoff. Kitty Terhune, chamber choir member and junior at Lewis Central High School, will sing the National Anthem, and her father, Monty Terhune, will be the speaker for the ceremony. Music will be provided by the band Ground Zero, with performances by the Abraham Lincoln Cheer Squad, martial arts demonstrations by Sanders ATA Martial Arts, children’s activities, refreshments by Hy-Vee, silent auction prizes and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.
“Join a team, start a team, walk for yourself or walk for someone who has or has been affected by Alzheimer’s,” Williams said. “Whatever your reason is, come out and enjoy the morning and witness something special.”
To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/walk or call Williams at (712)322-8840. To learn more about the disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.