Participants Raise Critically Needed Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research
The Alzheimer’s Association invites Oklahoma City residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the OKC Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than just a walk; it is an experience for over 5,000 participants in the Oklahoma City 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. Participants will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, emceed by Lance West of News Channel 4.
Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death and yet there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to increase 40 percent from the over 5 million affected in 2015. The funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s not only support vital research efforts, but also provide free programs and support services to Oklahoma families impacted by the disease.
“Participating in the 2015 Walk to Alzheimer’s, by starting a team, raising money or volunteering, is one of the most impactful ways to further the movement to help end this horrible disease,” said Erin Logan, OKC Walk to End Alzheimer’s event chair. “By getting involved, you are truly making a difference.”
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony and two-mile walk at 9:00 a.m. Entertainment will include: face painting; appearances by Disney princesses, super heroes and the Ghost Busters; a live DJ; Eat-On Mobile Bistro; a “Swag Shack” full of branded items for sale; and free Alzheimer’s resources and support information. To start, join or donate to a team, visit okcwalk.com.
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. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
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