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Toledo Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s Brings Advocates for Alzheimer’s Cure Together


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 Director, said, "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. Cavanaugh said, “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.



Copyright © 2019 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 10/03/19 14:14:41 -0400.

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