Walk to End Alzheimers kickoff event held in Grand Rapids
Caroline MacGregor July 12, 2013 | WGVU Held annually in more than 600
communities nationwide and 11 locations in the Greater Michigan Chapter region,
the Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming up on September 14th aims to help raise
money to find a cure for a disease affecting more and more people in
“Among the significant disease related causes of death, Alzheimer's is the sixth leading killer in the US today.”
Brian Mac, who is on the volunteer
planning community for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimers. Their mission is to eliminate
Alzheimer’s disease through advancement of research; care and support for all
affected; and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain
“There are some things we can do proactively to maintain brain health but ultimately that disease is going to catch up with you.”
Part of Thursday evening’s kickoff at
the SpeakEZ lounge in Grand Rapids included a virtual promise garden to give people
an opportunity to share their experience on video tape about why they’re
invested in fighting Alzheimer’s and how the disease has affected them.
“At the end of the day this is really about the people impacted. That's what the virtual garden intends to emphasize, we understand that this touches you personally, tell us about that.”
Another part of the kickoff effort includes a "Send Your Ten" contest. It's a way to encourage participants in the walk to seek
out opportunities to raise 10 dollars each day starting July 15th through July
24th. The ten days of
fundraising is intended to be a boost to individual fundraising goals. So
far, nearly 32-thousand dollars of their 200-thousand dollar goal has been reached.
Walk to End Alzheimer's in Grand Rapids takes place on Saturday, September 14th
at Millenium Park. There will be 52 teams consisting of 150 walkers each. Registration is at 9am;
the opening ceremony starts at 10am.
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