BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Alzheimer’s Association) — The Alzheimer’s Association® is inviting Palm Beach County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk will take place on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, Fla. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. This is a family-friendly event with activities for all ages.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a 2-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.
“My beautiful mother Lenore lost her battle with Alzheimer’s two years ago,” said Sue Gluskin Kimball, team captain of Lenore’s Leaders. “She was the sweetest, kindness, most genuine woman there ever was. My family watched my mom’s progression of the disease over the course of three years and it is by far one of the saddest diseases I have ever seen. Although she is not with us anymore, she was and will always be loved more than she could ever have imagined.”
“My dad, Sam Vilker, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Beth Samreny, team captain of Sam’s Supporters. “He has had a rapid decline in the past year. Driving and paying bills are a thing of the past. Conversations are limited. Walking has become arduous. He is still alert and aware but terrified of what the next 12 months will bring. His mind is failing him, and sadly, he knows it. I walk for him.”
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s 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. More than 16 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 540,000 people living with the disease and more than 1.1 million caregivers.
Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.