Boca Raton residents are invited to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 17 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The ceremony is set for 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 8:30 a.m.
During the two-mile walk, participants will learn about the disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs, and services from the organization. Walk participants will also join in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s.
“Having to deal with losing one grandparent to this disease left such a void in my life because as her memory faded I lost her before she had even passed,” said Andele Ansola-Lawrence, who is co-chairing the Treasure Coast walk. “I walk and encourage others to walk so no one would ever have to live their life not remembering the life they’ve lived.”
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Florida alone, there are more than 520,000 people living with the disease and 1.1 million caregivers.
To register for the walk, visit www.alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900.