Home Helpers of Jacksonville has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association and several community partners to plan the first Walk to End Alzheimer’s for East Central Alabama at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 at Oxford Lake Park.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Since 1989 millions of Americans have been mobilized in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk. Now local communities are being asked to register for Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for participants who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate. Currently, over 5 million Americans are living with this disease and over 89,000 of those are living right here in Alabama. Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death that cannot be slowed, treated, prevented or cured. While many other disease related deaths are on the decline, Alzheimer’s is on a rapid increase. Currently, there are no survivors of Alzheimer’s.

“There has never been a greater need for East Central Alabama citizens to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Kimberly McCutcheon, Owner of Home Helpers of Jacksonville and chairperson of this inaugural walk. “It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t been personally touched by this disease. Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 89,000 residents of Alabama living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to critically needed research. ”

Now is the time for the fundraising effort to begin. It only takes two people to create a Walk team. Walk teams can easily register on the Walk website at act.alz.org/eca. There are several fundraising tips and tools to help teams reach their goals. We are looking for 40 teams to kick-off this walk.

Business sponsorships are also available. Local businesses are encouraged to lead the way by supporting this effort. Benefits vary with the sponsorship level, from Booth Sponsors to Platinum Sponsors, where business logos, banners, and other forms of public recognition are available.

The walk will be one lap around the park, and participants will be home well before kick-off time for their favorite college football games. Dogs are welcome and a Canine Ambassador will be selected during the walk.

To start a team or join a team today, go to act.alz.org/eca or call Home Helpers of Jacksonville, 844-776-7769 for more information.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, to advocate for policy change and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.