Walk to Raise Critically Needed Awareness and Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research Sept 16

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The Champlain Valley’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s returns to Shelburne Museum on Sunday, September 16, 2018, rain or shine. Thousands of people will fill Shelburne Museum’s circus barn lawn with a multitude of colored pinwheel flowers to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Registration opens at 9am and the opening ceremony kicks off at 11am.

Over 43,000 Vermonters are impacted by Alzheimer’s or dementia, either living with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or caring for someone with the disease. “One in three people have a connection to Alzheimer’s disease” stated Jane Mitchell, development director for the Alzheimer’s Association. “Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia is time consuming and can be very isolating for the family. We come together at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s as a community, to provide strength and comfort as we fight a fatal disease with no cure, without effective treatments or a way to slow its progression.”

The Alzheimer’s Association has announced a fundraising goal of $305,000 for the 2018 Champlain Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Vermont Chapter anticipates over 2,000 walkers to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, September 16 at Shelburne Museum. Registration is free; participants who raise $100 or more receive the official 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt. 

Kelly Devine, Chair of the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s and executive director of the Burlington Business Association, has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s. “As the daughter of two people who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's I am committed to creating a brighter future for my sons, a future with the first Alzheimer’s survivor” stated Devine. “I am walking to end Alzheimer’s to help find a cure as well as to provide care and support today for families just like mine.”

Registration opens at 9am and the opening ceremony kicks off at 11am. The “Waterman Fighters”, under the guidance of team captain Katie Lambert of North Ferrisburg, will lead all the teams and participants on the 2 mile walk route through Shelburne Museum campus. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. This year’s flower representatives in the Promise Garden ceremony include Al Arel of Winooski, Maggie Evans of Swanton, Annie LaMantia of Shelburne, Marge Welch of Shelburne, and Sky Yardley of Burlington.

Participants will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. They also enjoy a variety of activities during the pre-event registration period including walk-about magic by Steve Taubman, healthy breakfast treats from Trader Joe’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, mini-massages, a caricaturist, face painting and more. The Mount Mansfield flag and drum line will perform at the start and return of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For Star Wars enthusiasts, there will be special appearances by the 501st Garrison and the Green Mountain Squad. Afterwards, participants are invited to stay and enjoy Shelburne Museum for free.

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 Vermont alone, there are more than 13,000 people living with the disease and over 30,000 unpaid caregivers. 

Pre-registration is highly encouraged and on-site registration is available from 9-11am. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk or contact the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter at 802.316.3839 or vtwalk@alz.org. Volunteer opportunities are available too.

About the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is 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. 

About the Alzheimer's Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s 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.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:00am