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Alzheimer’s Association walk in Ottumwa

Sep 08, 2017

OTTUMWA — The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 16 at Ottumwa Park in Ottumwa.

Check in is at 9 a.m. and the Walk Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will complete a 2 mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants also will join in a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

“Alzheimer’s disease is unrelenting. But, little does it know, we are too. This disease affects more than the individual with the diagnosis. It affects their loved ones, friends, neighbors and our communities. It robs the individual of their cherished memories, the things they hold so dearly. And, it must be stopped. We need the community to join us in the fight against this disease by fundraising and raising awareness. All funds raised go to support local education, support services and research for a hope that one day, our future will be Alzheimer’s free.” said Michelle Kelman, senior development specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association.

In addition to the 2-mile walk, participants will enjoy an honor and remembrance ceremony, sponsor tables, kids’ activities, silent auction baskets and special guests.

Those interested in the walk are encouraged to register and raise funds or donate to help end Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Iowa alone, there are more than 64,000 people living with the disease and 135,000 caregivers.

Teams are needed to help change the trajectory of this disease and provide local community services and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Register and sign up as a team captain, make a donation, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

Volunteers are also needed event day. Contact ottumwawalk@alz.org or 800-272-3900 for more information on volunteering. Silver cord hours are available.

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