Participants to Raise Critically Needed Awareness and Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research
TROY, OH. – Miami County residents are invited to join the Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 14.
This year the Walk, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, will take place at Prouty Plaza, 1 W. Main St. in Troy. Last year, hundreds of residents participated at Troy Courthouse Square to raise awareness and money for those living with the disease, caregivers and for research.
Shanda Ashbrook, of Piqua, is the chair of the 2019 Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s. A veteran of the Walk, she said, “This year will be my tenth Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I became involved in the Walk after losing my grandpa to this horrible disease. I wanted to do something that would honor his memory and raise funds in hopes of finding a cure. I also have many other family members who now have this disease and I have several friends who have family members who are living with Alzheimer’s. The numbers of those living with Alzheimer’s continues to rise, as does the costs associated with their care. We have to do something to slow down and stop this global crisis. I hope you will join me.”
In the Miami Valley, 30,000 people live with the disease and an additional 90,000 people support them as caregivers. Eric VanVlymen, Executive Director of the Miami Valley Chapter and Region 10, said, “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the largest opportunity we have to build awareness about the disease and to let people know about our services and that there is hope. We encourage the community to come out and join the fight. Together we can make a difference.”
Registration begins at 9 a.m. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10:15 a.m. While at the walk, participants can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter.
The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter serves nine counties, including Miami County. Nationwide 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.
You can pre-register for the Walk at alz.org/walk or call 800.272.3900.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’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 the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement or research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Approximately 5.7 million in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Almost 220,000 Ohioans are living with dementia. In the Miami Valley, about 30,000 people have dementia and approximately 90,000 people serve as their caregivers. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is carried out in Ohio by seven local chapters coordinating care and support, awareness, fundraising and advocacy initiatives. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association call 1.800.272.3900, or visit alz.org.