GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter will host its annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Sat., Sept. 10 at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids (1415 Maynard Avenue Southwest).
Registration for the two-mile walks will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. ceremony and 10:30 a.m. start.
The Chapter will host additional walks throughout the state Sat., Aug. 27 through Sat., Oct. 1.
More than 600 communities in the nation take part in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” which is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Registration is required and while there is no participation fee, those involved are encouraged to fundraise for the organization and bring attention to the cause. For those raising funds, the nonprofit will provide tools, including webinars, to help them seek out donations.
"The ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ is an all-inclusive event that calls on people of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for the more than 5.3 million individuals in our country who have been diagnosed with the disease,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter. “While it is an enjoyable event where participants can enjoy family friendly activities and meeting new people, it is also incredibly moving to watch those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia walk to help raise funds for something that has fundamentally changed their lives.”
On walk day, participants who have raised more than $100 will receive a t-shirt and all registrants will receive a wristband with a Promise Garden flower. Flowers come in four colors to represent the individual’s connection to the disease: blue for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, purple for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease, yellow for supporters and caregivers and orange for anyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
To donate, visit act.alz.org/walk, select a location then chose an individual or team to support, or the cause in general. All contributions are tax deductible.
The event will take place rain or shine. For more information contact Kelly Bailiff at 248-996-1060 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alz.org/gmc.
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