August 29, 2014 – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Choctaw County residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The Golden Triangle Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which includes Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Webster and Winston counties, and the city of Aberdeen, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12 on the East Mississippi Community College campus in Mayhew.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for hundreds participants in this seven county 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.
“We are excited about the Golden Triangle Walk to End Alz and really want to get people from all seven counties involved,” said local walk chairperson Cindy Brown of Starkville. “We are looking for teams of walkers, volunteers and sponsors from Louisville and Winston County. Alzheimer’s affects all of us in some way. The Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. And it is an opportunity to have fun, meet great people and maybe win some cool prizes all while giving back.”
In addition to the 3-mile walk, participants will enjoy entertainment, a moving program, vendor booths, door prizes and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s, Brown said.
On the day of the event, registration begins at 2 p.m., the ceremony begins at the 2:30 and the walk kicks off at 3 p.m., she added. There is no fee to be involved. Teams can be a small as one person or as large as they want to be. And there is no minimum an individual or team has to raise.
“Our slogan for the Golden Triangle Walk to End Alz is ‘it just takes one’,” Brown said. “One person. One team. One dollar. If we all gave just $1, think what we could do.”
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, contact Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/walk. To learn more about 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.
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.