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Lori Schuler: Walk raises funds to end Alzheimer's disease

12:49 PM, Jul. 25, 2013  |  Comments
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All of us have or will go through the journey of Alzheimer's disease with a loved one, friend or through your employment. Alzheimer's disease is not just memory loss - Alzheimer's kills. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States overall and the fifth leading cause of death for those age 65 and older.

Today there are no survivors of Alzheimer's. If you do not die from it, you die with it. Alzheimer's takes a devastating toll not just on those with the disease but also on their loved ones and caregivers. Join millions across America in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 21 at O'so Brewing Company in Plover; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease.

Walk to End Alzheimer's unites the entire community - family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more - in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to raise funds in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

When you participate in the walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, your actions - both through fundraising and participating in the event - help to change the level of Alzheimer's awareness in your community. At a walk event, you can learn more about Alzheimer's disease and the support programs and services offered by your local chapter. You also will have unique opportunities to get involved with the cause through advocacy initiatives and clinical trial enrollment. These experiences, in addition to other on-site opportunities, help each participant connect to their reason for walking.

Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer's by finding a walk near you. Start a team, join a team, walk individually or join our team at Gemstone. Go to alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900 to register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and staff support to help each participant have a successful and fulfilling experience reaching their fundraising goal.

The mission: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease.

I ask our community to take a stand, make a difference and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions.

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