Walk to End Alzheimer’s scheduled in Clarion

From staff reports

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Thursday at Lost In The Wilds Brewing in Clarion. Registration is at 5 p.m. and the opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

On walk day, participants 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.

“We’re closer than ever to stopping Alzheimer’s,” said Amy Ritzel, development manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.

“We hope that everyone in our community can join us by starting a team to help the Alzheimer’s Association raise awareness and funds for families facing the disease today, take more steps toward treatments and finally ending this disease.”

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 there are 400,000 caregivers.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Clarion Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk.