The Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter will be putting on the Kitsap Peninsula Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Sept. 7 at Louis Mentor Boardwalk in Bremerton.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Last year, 384 people participated in the local event, raising $42,819. Funds raised for the event are used for Alzheimer’s research and to provide care and support services for local families impacted by the disease.
“This is a wonderful event where people come together, honor their loved ones and raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s,” Jim Wilgus said, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter. “There’s a real sense of community and camaraderie at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s — a sense of hope that, by working together, we will end this disease.”
Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and the two-mile walk at 9:30 a.m. The free event is family-friendly and the walk route is fully accessible. Participants who donate or raise $100 or more will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt.
In Washington, there are more than 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and another 348,000 unpaid caregivers providing support to their loved ones, according to AAWSC. It is the sixth-leading cause of death nationally, and the third-leading cause of death in the state.
“Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death that currently cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed,” Wilgus said. ‘The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an opportunity for people to get involved and take action against this devastating disease and move us closer to a world without Alzheimer’s.”
For questions about the Kitsap Peninsula Walk to End Alzheimer’s, contact Walk Manager Roxy Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 206-363-5500. To register, visit alz.org/walk or call 1-800-272-3900.