South Sound can unite in an effort to help millions by participating in the Alzheimerâ€™s Association’sWalk to End Alzheimerâ€™s Sept.14 in Tacoma.
Hundreds of participants are expected for the fund-raising walk at Theaâ€™s Park, starting at 8 a.m.
The event is more than a walk. Organizers describe it as a way to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimerâ€™s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services.Â Each walker will also join in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Â Â In 2012, the Tacoma walk raised $90,491. That contributed to more than $51.8 million generated nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.
The disease is a growing epidemic and has become the nationâ€™s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, it’s expected that the number of individuals living with Alzheimerâ€™s will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond todayâ€™s 5 million-plus Americans who have the disease.
“There has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimerâ€™s,â€ said Trisha Averill, coordinator of the Tacoma walk. She noted the money that’s raised this year will provide care and support for 150,000 Washington residents, “while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.â€
The Walk to End Alzheimerâ€™s is the nationâ€™s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimerâ€™s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimerâ€™s Association has mobilized millions of participants nationally.
TALKIN’ ABOUT THE WALK
When:Â Saturday, Sept. 14; 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:45 opening ceremony, walk at 10
Where:Theaâ€™s Park,535 Thea’s Dock St., Tacoma
How:Â Â Start or join a team by contacting Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/walk or (206) 529-3898