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Aiken Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday

October 5, 2018

Aiken residents can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Aiken walk will be held Saturday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a 2-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

Event registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by the ceremony at 9:45 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In South Carolina alone, there are more than 89,000 people living with the disease and 309,000 caregivers.

“Alzheimer’s is relentless, but so are we,” said Cindy Alewine, president/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter. “Anyone can participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s to help support families facing Alzheimer’s and related dementia, to honor those we have lost and to take meaningful steps toward better treatments. Together, we can beat Alzheimer’s disease and see its first survivor.”

If community members aren’t able to attend the Aiken Walk to End Alzheimer’s, another Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 3 in Augusta/Evans, Georgia.

For more information or to register, visit alz.org/walk.

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