Walk to End Alzheimer’s Brings Advocates for Alzheimer’s
Metro Toledo will experience the largest local gathering of
advocates for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease at the Toledo
Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 12.
More than 1,700 Lucas and Wood county residents are expected
to converge on Promenade Park in downtown Toledo as
caregivers, those living with the disease, people who have
lost a loved one and supporters come together with one voice
and one purpose. The Walk is the world’s largest
event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care,
support and research.
The Walk is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association
Northwest Ohio Chapter. Julia Pechlivanos, Executive
"The Walk to End Alzheimer's is a great opportunity for
those whose families have been impacted by memory loss to
engage in the cause to end Alzheimer's and other dementias.
We come together to remember and honor our loved ones, and
to celebrate the vision of a world without Alzheimer's."
"People attending The Walk to End Alzheimer's tell us they
leave feeling energized, hopeful, and not so alone,”
Pechlivanos said. “Caregiving can be a very isolating
experience. The Walk celebrates caregivers to those with
dementia and offers everyone inspiration to keep up the
fight against the disease."
While at the Walk, participants can learn
about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical
studies enrollment and support programs and services from
the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter. Walk
participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's
disease with a poignant tribute known as the Promise Garden
ceremony. Last year’s event raised more than $300,000.
Nashville Singer-Songwriter Jay Allen will be a special
guest at this year’s Walk. Allen, who is a Celebrity
Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association, is best known for
his song “Blank Stares,” which pays tribute to his late
mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
This year’s Walk Chair is
Steven M. Cavanaugh, Chief Financial Officer of ProMedica.
“ProMedica is proud to be part of the Walk to End
Alzheimer’s, not only here in Toledo, but in the communities
we serve across the country. Many of us have a loved one or
know someone with a family member who has been affected by
this devastating disease. We are honored to join the
Alzheimer’s Association in their pursuit for preventing and
curing Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that
cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. In the United States,
more than 5.8 million people live with Alzheimer’s disease.
In Northwest Ohio, there are 32,000 living with the disease
and there are 96,000 caregivers.
Participants can pre-register for the Walk at alz.org/nwohio/walk.
Registration is free. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m.
and the Walk Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Promenade Park is located at 400 Water St., Toledo.