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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 Greater Richmond Chapter has four Walks to End Alzheimer's this walk1 600 x 402year, including a Fredericksburg Walk on Saturday, September 27th at the University of Mary Washington.

The Fredericksburg regional office of the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter serves individuals in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Caroline County, and Westmoreland County, and last year alone, provided services to more than 680 individuals living with Alzheimer's or dementia as well as their caregivers, both personal and professional. The services provided included educational programs, support groups, Helpline calls, respite scholarships, and more.

This year, we hope to raise more than $100,000 from the Fredericksburg event, and have over 800 Walk participants.

Alzheimer's affects 130,000 people in Virginia, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people each year than prostate and breast cancer combined.

To register a team, join an existing team, or to donate, please visit www.alz.org/walk.

walk2 600 x 522 ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCATION 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.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Central Virginia residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in an upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond will hold four Walks in its service area; a Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Walk on Saturday, September 20th at Bethpage Camp Resort in Urbanna; a Fredericksburg Walk on Saturday, September 27th at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg; a Tri-Cities Walk on Saturday, October 18th at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, and a Richmond Walk on Saturday, October 18th at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an inspiring event that calls on participants of all ages to reclaim the future for millions.

For the anticipated 4,050 Central Virginians who will participate, these Walks are opportunities walk4 402 x 600to learn about Alzheimer's disease and how they can continue their involvement in the cause; from advocacy opportunities and clinical trial enrollment, to support programs and services.

Walk participants will also come together and participate in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease; the Promise Garden ceremony. This ceremony is a commitment to fulfill their promise to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The different colors of the promise flowers represent the diverse reasons why they walk - blue flowers indicating the individual has Alzheimer’s, yellow flowers indicating the individual is a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s, purple flowers indicating the individual has lost someone to Alzheimer’s, and orange flowers indicating the individual supports the cause and the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. Each participant will also have an opportunity to write a personal message on their promise flower to further strengthen their dedication.

The 2014 Fredericksburg Walk to End Alzheimer’s will mark the sixth walk for Anne Overington.
“I walk in honor of my mother, Annete Seidell,” she explains. “She was always our caregiver, always cooking, gardening, and taking care of her family.”

Overington’s mother passed away in 2013 after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

“It is an honor to walk in my Mom’s memory,” Overington explained. “To be surrounded by others that have been through this shared journey makes the Walk such a special day.”

In Virginia, 130,000 individuals are currently living with Alzheimer’s, including 26,000 in the Greater Richmond Chapter’s service area. By 2025, estimates indicate that 190,000 Virginians will have Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. From 2000 to 2010, deaths from Alzheimer’s increased by 68% while deaths from heart disease decreased by 16%, deaths from breast cancer decreased by 2%, and deaths from prostate cancer decreased by 8%. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals
living with the disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

Last year, The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond Fredericksburg regional office provided services to more than 680 individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia as well as their caregivers, both personal and professional. The services provided included educational programs, support groups, Helpline calls, respite scholarships, and more.

“I guarantee we all know someone, directly or indirectly, that is dealing with Alzheimer’s,” Overington said. “We all need to stand up, support the Walk, and ultimately cure the disease!”
Last year’s Walks raised over $450,000, and this year, the combined goal for the four Walks is $533,000.

To register a team, join an existing team, or to donate, please visit www.alz.org/walk. 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION GREATER RICHMOND CHAPTER
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter was established in 1981 and its 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. The Greater Richmond Chapter serves those in need across 24 counties and 5 cities. The chapter services persons with any dementia disease, not just  individuals with Alzheimer’s, and we serve over 11,000 individuals a year and 90% of our services are offered free of charge.

 

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