Walk to End Alzheimer’s to Raise Awareness and Funds

Participants sign up for 2012 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Courtesy photo

Alzheimer’s Association News:

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is inviting Los Alamos area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 

The Walk takes place 4 p.m., Sept. 28 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos.

This event will feature hot dogs and hamburgers as well as more than 50 raffle prizes. The raffle prizes include certificates from local businesses, donations from supporters and more. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You must be present to win. 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for participants from the Los Alamos area, 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 ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will enjoy a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team at alz.org/walk

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 five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

“We have to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, because we can’t afford not to,” Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter Agnes Vallejos said.

“Unless we change the trajectory of this disease, Alzheimer’s care will cost one trillion dollars per year, just in the U.S., by midcentury. Our system can’t sustain that. The only viable solution is effective treatment,” she said.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association 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. 

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.

For more information, call 505.266.4473 or visit www.alz.org/newmexico A 24/7 Helpline is available at 1.800.272.3900.

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