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Event Pick of the Week! Walk to End Alzheimer’s

2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s South Hampton Roads
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Neptune Park, 3114 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
8:30 am Registation. 9:30 am Opening Ceremonies. 10 am Walk.

Hundreds of people will gather at the Virginia Beach oceanfront on Sunday, October 13 for the annual South Hampton Roads Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

This inspiring event brings together family, friends, community groups, and local businesses to heighten awareness about Alzheimer’s, a brain destroying disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in America.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is also the local Alzheimer’s Association’s largest fundraising event to allow the non-profit to continue to offer programs and services to the community, including professionals, caregivers and families affected by the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s disease; to help staff a 24 Hour-Helpline; and to fund innovative research to end the devastating disease.

The fundraising goal for the 2013 South Hampton Roads Walk to End Alzheimer’s is close to $220,000. Organizers are confident they will meet and exceed the goal.

Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter

Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter

According to the national Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. This includes an estimated 5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million—a 40 percent increase from the 5 million age 65 and older currently affected. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5 million to a projected 13.8 million, unless medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease are developed.

Far from a somber affair, the atmosphere at the South Hampton Roads Walk to End Alzheimer’s is electric as more than one hundred teams gather against the backdrop of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. They “Walk” to honor those who died of Alzheimer’s; to recognize those who are currently suffering; to show support for caregivers; and to fight to end the disease for future generations.

Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter

Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter

Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter

Speakers at Walk to End Alzheimer’s will include Virginia Beach Mayor, William Sessoms, and will be co-emcee’d by WVEC News13 Anchor, Sandra Parker, and John Shomby of Max Media (FM 92.9, FM 97.3, AM 1310, FM 94.1 and FM 100.5). An invigorating Zumba exercise warm-up will kick off the Walk.

Other highlights include a car raffle with tickets for the opportunity to win a 2012 Toyota Corolla S. selling for only $5.

Registration is free. Participants can sign up the day of the Walk on-site and must raise or donate $100 to be eligible for a Walk T-shirt.

Click HERE for details, or contact Jennifer Crabtree – Phone: 757-459-2405. Email: jcrabtree@alz.org

 

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