A large group of people gather and walk along a closed public road.

By Carol Combs, MSW, Oxford’s Memory Care Coordinator

Every 67 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

On September 17, 2016, I will be walking to support the Alzheimer’s Association in Springfield, Missouri and I hope that you will join me.

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. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Memory Walk® began in 1989 with nine Alzheimer’s Association chapters raising $149,000 from 1,249 participants. In 1993, Memory Walk grew into an event nationwide and raised $4.5 million at 167 locations. More than 49,000 teams participated in more than 600 Walks across the country in 2014, raising more than $67 million, and in 2015 our local Springfield walk rose close to $150,000.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® unites the entire community—more than 450,000 participants walk in a display of combined strength and dedication in the battle against this disease.

There is no registration fee, and your fundraising dollars fuel care, support and research. In addition, participating helps to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s in your community. Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s by registering for a walk near you. There are walks planned in many towns and cities in Missouri and around the country. To find a walk near you, go to www.alz.org/walk and follow the prompts or contact your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter for more information.

If you would like to donate to this important cause, go to www.alz.org and follow the prompts. You can donate directly to my effort, or to the general fund. Either way, you will be contributing to the fight against this devastating disease.

Source: Alzheimer’s Association – http://www.alz.org