The Alzheimer’s Association invites residents to help reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s of Statesboro officially launches its fundraising efforts with a kickoff party tonight at Eagle Creek Brewing Company in downtown Statesboro. The “Trivia with a Twist” party is set for 6–9 p.m.
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 escalate rapidly, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.
Caregivers, those who have lost loved ones to the disease, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations and anyone else who would like to join the movement to end Alzheimer’s are invited to take part in the event.
This also will be an opportunity for individuals to register a fundraising team, pick up fundraising supplies and learn more about the walk, as well as learn from an Alzheimer’s disease expert about the first signs of Alzheimer’s.
Everyone is invited to enjoy food and drinks, play trivia, pick up fundraising supplies and meet the 2016 planning committee. Also, there will be a special presentation from Theresa Bayman, the Alzheimer’s Association’s director of programs and services, addressing the top 10 signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
The 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s of Statesboro will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, at Georgia Southern University’s RAC pavilion. This year, the planning committee is aiming to surpass last year’s total by raising more than $100,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Event chairwoman Cendra Brown is excited about kicking off the walk.
“Every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “Each person who shares the walk experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to stomp out this disease — one step at a time! Our hope is to build a future where Alzheimer’s disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone’s life.
“We live in a very giving and supportive community, and I am confident that the 2016 walk will be a great success.
To start or join a team today, visit www.georgiawalk.org. To learn more about disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.