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Alzheimer’s Association Walk planned Saturday in Ottumwa

Sep 11, 2018

OTTUMWA — The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Saturday at Ottumwa Park’s Jimmy Jones Shelter.

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. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

“Raising funds and donating to help defeat Alzheimer’s and dementia is an important aspect of this event, but it is so much more than that — it instills hope” said Michelle Kelman, senior development specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association.

In addition to the walk, the event includes a silent auction of baskets, Miss Iowa contestant, Mayor Lazio and Firehouse Kidz, Community First Credit Union train, entertainment by The Chickadees and Rusty Weeks, a juggler, kids’ games and activities and more.

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 16 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 Alzheimer’s alone and over 137,000 caregivers.

Register today. Sign up as a team captain, donate to the cause, volunteer event day or join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

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