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Friday, August 30, 2013

Louisville walks to end Alzheimer’s in one of 12 similar events held in Kentucky this fall

Louisville-area residents will raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support programs in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Sept. 7, at Waterfront Park on the Ohio River.
The Louisville Walk, one of 12 statewide this fall, will begin at 10 a.m., but registration starts at 9 a.m.

Louisville-area residents walk to end Alzheimer's in 2012. (Photo from alz.org)

Louisville-area residents walk to end Alzheimer’s in 2012. (Photo from alz.org)

Friends and loved ones, as well as their caregivers and supporters, will be honored and remembered in a pre-Walk Promise Garden ceremony. There will also be opportunities for families of Alzheimer’s patients to network and receive helpful information. Some 80,000 Kentuckians have been diagnosed with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that it is the only one of the top 10 killers for which there is not a single treatment or medicine to slow its progress.
The walk is designed to increase awareness and to raise funds. To join a fundraising team or for more information, click here, click on the state and select the Louisville Walk.
“Alzheimer’s disease is so frustrating for both the person who is suffering as well as loved ones and friends because we have no control over all those things that keep slipping away, from precious family memories to the ability to recognize loved ones, to walk, even to feed oneself or swallow food,” said Teri Shirk, executive director of the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Louisville’s fundraising efforts go back to this community by enabling the Association to provide support services and training to area residents living with Alzheimer’s as well as their caregivers and loved ones, while also supporting local and national research.”