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Alzheimer’s Association to Host Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s September 28

WHEELING — Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States with 5.8 million Americans currently living with the disease, but there is a way to fight back.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Alzheimer’s Association will host its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s starting at Bridge Street Middle School on Junior Avenue in Wheeling. Registration is at 8 a.m., ceremony at 9 a.m., and walk begins at 9:30 a.m. This will be a 2-mile walk.

Statistics predict that by the year 2050, it is projected that some 14 million Americans will suffer through Alzheimer’s disease. In 2019, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $290 billion and by 2050 that number could rise to as high as $1.1 trillion. Cases of Alzheimer’s are rising by staggering figures.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s Northern Panhandle helps to raise awareness and get the word out about the incredible work that is being done to develop a cure for a disease that is quickly taking over the nation.

As of now, a cure for Alzheimer’s does not exist, but researchers at the University of New Mexico believe they have found a way to prevent it.

This year, the walk hopes to raise $53,000 that will go back to the Alzheimer’s Association and continue to fund research to find a cure.

To get involved in the Walk or to donate to the cause, you can visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2019/WV. Or contact Katy Sulfridge at 304-699-4759 or online at kmsulfridge@alz.org.

All walkers, adults and childre, must register to participate. There is no registration fee for Walk. However, we ask every walker to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Every registered participant will receive a T-shirt after achieving the fundraising minimum of $100. Unless otherwise communicated, T-shirts will be available for pick up on Walk day.

Donations can be made offline by submitting a check or money order by mail or hand-delivering to the local Alzheimer’s Association office.

Strollers are permitted, but for everyone’s safety, the walk discourages skateboards, bicycles, inline skates and wheelie footwear. Depending on the Walk location rules, well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times.

Walk is a rain or shine event. However, in the case of severe weather, it will be canceled. If this is the case, the Walk homepage will be updated on or before the morning of the event.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, clean-up, registration, water stops, promise garden, the T-shirt tent and so much more. All interested volunteers should visit our volunteer page for more information about event day roles and responsibilities.

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