The Alzheimer’s Association invites the community to help reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Greater Baltimore Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Saturday, Oct. 12 (rain or shine), at Oregon Ridge Park (13555 Beaver Dam Rd.) in Cockeysville.
Hosted by the Greater Maryland Chapter, the annual event will raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease, which is a growing epidemic and now the 6th leading cause of death.
“Everyone is at risk for Alzheimer's disease,” said Cass Naugle, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter. “If everyone does something little, like participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's, it could add up to better support today and a breakthrough in your lifetime. And that would be BIG.”
Registration starts at 9 a.m., when participants can enjoy light refreshments from Panera Bread, Giant Food and Baltimore Coffee and Tea; live music and entertainment for the whole family, including a children’s play area and face painting. All registered participants will receive a pinwheel flower they can decorate and display as a special tribute to a loved one.
After an opening ceremony (focusing on the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and the announcement of the top three fundraising teams and top three fundraising individuals), 2013 Youth Ambassador Taylor Rhyne will kick off the 2-mile walk at 10 a.m.
A Parkville resident and recent graduate from Baltimore Lutheran High School, Rhyne will walk with her family in honor of her grandfather and six great aunts who were all diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Everyone is encouraged to stay after the Walk for closing remarks, including the total amount of funds raised for Alzheimer’s research, care and support. They also can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services, and how to get involved with this critical cause: from advocacy opportunities, to the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment.
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, Americans who have participated have raised more than $265 million. Last year’s events in Maryland drew nearly 5,000 walkers and raised over $780,000.
Participants are encouraged to register early as teams or individually. Admission is free, but those who raise at least $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt. For more information, to start or join a team, or to make a donation, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org/walk or 1-800-272-3900.
Top sponsors for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s are Brightview Senior Living, CorrectRX Pharmacy Services, Genesis Healthcare, Giant Food LLC, Morningside House Extraordinary Senior Living and Pizza Hut of Maryland.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. 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. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org/maryland.