Alzheimer’s walk set Saturday in Clarion

From staff reports

People in the Clarion area can participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser planned for Saturday.

Registration for the Clarion walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the Clarion County Courthouse. An opening ceremony will start at 9 a.m.

Participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease.

The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.

“The Alzheimer’s Association draws dozens of walkers and teams to the event each fall and it is a pivotal event to spread community awareness and concern for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Amy Ritzel, walk manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.

“We are looking forward to gathering with local families on walk day who have been impacted by the disease as we work together to inspire hope in the fight for a cure and move closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia,” Ritzel said.

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States.

Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 280,000 people living with the disease and 500,000 caregivers.

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