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Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Helps Reclaim the Future for Millions

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Helps Reclaim the Future for Millions

Participants Raise Critically Needed Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting southwestern Pennsylvania residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.  Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, October 11, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh’s North Shore neighborhood.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for nearly 4,000 participants inthe Pittsburgh area who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

“Each year, we are so excited by the Pittsburgh community that joins in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Gail Roddie-Hamlin, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.  “For so many, this Walk is personal, and it provides the area an opportunity to show support for loved ones, friends, neighbors, colleagues and the health of the community. Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 400,000 residents of Pennsylvania living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.”

In addition to a 1 or 2.5 mile walk, participants will enjoy music by the Blues Devils and a tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.  Special guests in attendance include U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, as well as local personalities such as WPXI’s Joe Arena and Katherine Amenta, 96.1 KISS’s Tall Cathy and 94.5 3WS’s Jonny Hartwell.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/walk. To learn more about the disease and available resources, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7, toll-free Helpline at 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 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of 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. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.

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