Press Release

Published On: Aug 29 2014 01:45:14 PM CDT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:Jennifer Giambi, PR Coordinator, 713.314.1319, jgiambi@alz.org

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S®

HELPS RECLAIM THE FUTURE FOR MILLIONS

Participants Raise Critically Needed Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

Houston, TX August 7, 2014 – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Houston residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.  Walk to End Alzheimer’swill take place on Saturday, November 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for 5,000 area participants in Houston, 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. Walk participantswill also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

“There has never been a greater need for citizens in the Houston area to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's." said Richard Elbein, Alzheimer's Association CEO. “Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 340,000 residents of Texas living with Alzheimer's, while also contributing to advancing critically needed research."

In addition to the 5K Walk, participants will enjoy musical entertainment, a visit from the Houston Astros and their mascot Orbit, as well asa special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/walk. To learn more about disease and available resources, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7, toll-free Helpline at 800-272-3900.   

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’sis the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. 

Alzheimer's Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.

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