Sept. 21: Shelby County Walk to End Alzheimer’s


The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter is inviting Shelby County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 21.

The Shelby County Walk will take place at the Flanagan Sports Complex, 659 Riverside Dr.,  Sidney. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with a poignant tribute known as the Promise Garden ceremony.

Last year, close to 500 people participated in the Shelby County Walk. Eric VanVlymen, Executive Director of the Miami Valley Chapter, said, “We’re looking forward to this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Not only does the Walk support Alzheimer’s research, care, and support programs, but it’s also a chance for families and friends to come together and share a message of hope. We’d love to see the entire community get involved and join the fight to end Alzheimer’s.”

Walk Committee Chair Chad Henning has been part of the Shelby County Walk to End Alzheimer’s® ever since he began working at Elmwood of New Bremen. Chad said, “I see the smiles, laughter, accomplishments, tears, aggravation and struggles daily on the faces of individuals with dementia, family members and caregivers.  I walk for this growing population that is living with all those mixed emotions and to help bring more awareness.”

Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at or call 800.272.3900. All funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter serves a nine-county region, including Shelby County. Last year about 30,000 people in the region were living with Alzheimer’s. More than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S.

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