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Walk to End Alzheimer’s engages and inspires FD

Participants raise critically needed funds for care, support and research

September 25, 2011
Messenger News

The Alzheimer's Association is inviting everyone to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event will be held at Iowa Central Community College at the Career Education Building on Saturday.

Walk to End Alzheimer's is more than a walk. It is an experience for participants to learn more about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause - advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trial enrollment and support programs and services. Each participant will also join in a new, beautiful and meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's is a progressive degenerative brain disease that does not just affect those diagnosed - it affects the friends, families and caregivers on many levels. Support groups are one of the many great things that the money raised from the walk goes to help with. Money raised also helps to fund education and training, research, advocacy and a 24 hour a day helpline - (800) 272-3900. The Fort Dodge office also has the only hands-on lending library in the state at this time. The lending library has information and activities to assist in the dealing with Alzheimer's at all different stages of the 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.

In Iowa nearly 70,000 people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and that number is growing daily. Currently every 69 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer's. By the year 2050, someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds and the numbers could reach as high as 16 million diagnosed. The mission is more important than ever before. Alzheimer's is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death in America today without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. The time for action is now.

The Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association has mobilized millions of Americans at the Memory Walk. Now it is continuing to lead the way with the new Walk to End Alzheimer's.

There has never been a greater need for the people of Iowa to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Funds raised from the walk will provide care and support services to those living with the disease and those affected by the disease in the state of Iowa. It will also contribute to advancing critically needed research.

The Fort Dodge walk on Saturday starts with registration at 9 a.m. at the Career Education Building at Iowa Central Community College. Teams and individuals are strongly encouraged to go online to prior to Friday to sign up. This will greatly cut down on the time spent in line the morning of the event. The walk will start at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies led by state Sen. Daryl Beall. The walk can be as little as a few steps or as long as two miles, participants will then join together at a beautiful flower garden tribute for closing ceremonies. The walk will be an event to remember and share with friends and family. Together we can make a difference and help end Alzheimer's.

For more information, please contact Amy Von Bank at 576-4884 or

Amy Von Bank is community resource coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Iowa.



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