Walk to end Alzheimer's set for Saturday | Community Spirit
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Evansville 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 walk will take place on October 20 at Old National Bank in downtown Evansville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10.
While some members are raising funds and awareness, others are taking an extra step. Team captain and Evansville resident Lynne Baggett lost her mom to Alzheimer’s and has participated in the walk for four years, but this year she will be doing it with purple hair! Purple is the color theme for Alzheimer's walks that take place across the country.
The Evansville Walk to End Alzheimer’s offers residents the chance to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved; from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. The walk will begin with a Promise Garden ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now 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 estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.
“There has never been a greater need for residents in the Tri-State area to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Teri Shirk, president and CEO of the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Funds raised will provide care and support services to the more than 120,000 residents of Indiana living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.”