Haywood Walk to End Alzheimer's is this SaturdayEvent promotes awareness, raises funds
Last year the relatively small community of Lake Junaluska and surrounding counties raised more than $43,000 to help end Alzheimer’s disease. So far this year, more than $10,000 has been raised by community members and your help is needed.
The Haywood Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is a little earlier this year and on a different day. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, in the hopes of better weather than the past few years when it was held in October. It is also earlier in the day with a 9 a.m. check-in and 10 a.m. walk. The event is a good time for families to be together, and there will be free face painting for kids.
The walk begins at the outdoor gym next to the Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. The route around the lake is just under 2.5 miles. Participants are free to turn around at any point as it is not necessary to complete the entire route. The purpose of the walk is awareness and fundraising rather than a race that must be completed in a certain amount of time.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. In North Carolina, more than 170,000 are affected by the disease and more than 431,000 family and friends provide care.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter raises funds and awareness to fight this devastating disease through the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. For more information, contact Jennie Pressley at 254-7363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for the walk online at http://act.alz.org/haywood.