Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes big steps

South Sound can unite in an effort to help millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’sWalk to End Alzheimer’s Sept.14 in Tacoma.

Hundreds of participants are expected for the fund-raising walk at Thea’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 Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services.  Each walker will also join in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

   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 nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, it’s expected that the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s 5 million-plus Americans who have the disease.

“There has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” 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.”

The 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 has mobilized millions of participants nationally.


When:  Saturday, Sept. 14; 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:45 opening ceremony, walk at 10

Where:Thea’s Park,535 Thea’s Dock St., Tacoma

How:   Start or join a team by contacting Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/walk or (206) 529-3898

Participants in last year's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Tacoma raised more than $90,000. (Senior Scene)
Participants in last year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tacoma raised more than $90,000. (Senior Scene)