The First Steps to End Alzheimer’s Walk September 22

Sophia Quensenberry

The Ashland Beacon


   The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in Ashland on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Central Park.

   The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Likewise, the Association's Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is held in more than 600 communities across the nation, is the world’s largest event held to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and funds.

   In 2015, the event raised around $40,000, contributing to the over $77.5 million raised nationwide for care, support, and research efforts. Two years later, the organization has upped its goal thousands to a new total of $50,000.

   As for where the donated funds go after you and your team donate, according to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s official website, all funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

   Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a Welcome and Promise Garden Ceremony to honor those affected by the disease at 9:45 a.m., leading into the start of the two-mile-long walk at 10 a.m.

   To register for the Walk online, visit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website. New walkers will be given the option to walk alone, form their own team, or join an existing team. While it is required to register for the Walk, there is no registration fee. However, participants are urged to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s.

   While strollers are permitted at the Walk, for safety reasons, bicycles, skateboards and skates are discouraged. Well-behaved dogs are also allowed to participate in the Walk as long as they are leashed at all times.

   Every registered participant will receive a free T-shirt on walk day after successfully raising the fundraising minimum which, in most instances, is $100.

   Donations can be made online, by submitting a check or money order by mail and hand-delivering cash, checks or money orders to the local chapter at the Alzheimer's Association in Lexington, Kentucky.

   On the day of the walk, each registered walker will receive a wristband. From there, walkers with wristbands will receive a Promise Garden Flower intended to represent their connection to Alzheimer’s disease and have the opportunity to write a personal message on their flower.

   The opening Promise Garden ceremony is intended for participants to come together and make a commitment to fulfill their promise to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer’s disease, said the Walk’s website.

   Another way to help the Walk’s battle against Alzheimer’s is by being a volunteer to help with the Walk. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up and cleaning up the Walk, registration, water stops, the Promise Garden Ceremony, and more. Those interested are heavily encouraged to visit the Walk’s volunteer page on the website for ways to get involved.

   For more information about the Walk, registration and volunteering, go to or contact Alexandria Russell at 859.266.5283.

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