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September 25, 2013

Walk to End Alzheimer’s community event Saturday

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting 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 on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The two-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies at Roger Williams Ballpark at Weatherford College, led by this year’s honorary chair, Dr. Johnita Darton, of Lone Star Medical Group. Before they begin their trek, walkers will join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Walkers will return to a festive atmosphere with refreshments, door prizes and a bounce house for children.

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. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is open to the public. There is no fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to donate and raise funds to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association. Those who raise $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt.  

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.

Anyone interested in participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s must register by going online to www.alz.org/northcentraltexas or calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900. 

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our 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.

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