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The Asheville Walk to End Alzheimer's

Updated: Thursday, September 19 2013, 08:30 AM EDT
The Asheville Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held this Saturday, September 21st, at Pack Square Park. Check-in begins at 9:00 am and 10:00 is the walk. 

It will be a great day for families and friends to be together and there will be free face painting for kids. Walgreen’s is scheduled to have a table and will offer flu shots in case you have not gotten yours yet. 

Last year the Asheville Walk to End Alzheimer’s resulted in over $65,000 being raised to help end Alzheimer’s disease. So far this year, over $50,000 has been raised by community members and your help is needed to reach this year’s goal of $85,000.

The Walk begins and ends in Pack Square Park. The route is a 2.5 mile loop through downtown Asheville. For those who need a shorter route, there is a turn-around point at the BB&T Building. The purpose of the Walk is awareness and fundraising, and a chance for those affected by Alzheimer’s to be together.

Every walker receives a promise garden flower which is a pretty pinwheel that can be kept in your yard year-round. Purple is for those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s, blue is for those who have the disease, orange is for caregivers and yellow is for those who don’t have a direct connection but envision a world without Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in America, and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be cured, prevented, or even slowed. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.  In North Carolina, over 170,000 are affected by the disease and over 431,000 family and friends provide care.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter raises funds and awareness to fight this devastating disease through the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.   For more information, contact Jennie Pressley at (828) 254-7363 or jpressley@alz.org. Click here to register online. The Asheville Walk to End Alzheimer's


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