Springfield-Urbana Walk to End Alzheimer’s is this weekend

The Springfield-Urbana Walk to End Alzheimer’s will raise awareness about the desease and money for care, support, and research.

The annualy walk is scheduled for Saturday at Wittenberg University, 200 W. Ward St. in Springfield. Registration for the 2.5 mile walk is at 8:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. The walk will follow at 10:15 a.m.

Attendees will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease during the opening Promise Garden ceremony by holding a flower that represents how they are connected to the disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Between 2000 and 2017, deaths from Alzheimer’s increased by 145 percent, according to data from Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, which serves the Springfield and Urbana communities.

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“There are 30,000 individuals in the Miami Valley who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and we believe there are thousands with symptoms who have never been diagnosed,” said Eric VanVlymen, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter. “The funds for the walk help families seeking information and support.”

Last year, almost 900 people participated and raised more than $100,000 for Alzheimer’s.

“I walk in support of my family - my aunt, who we recently lost to Alzheimer’s and I walk for my dad, who courageously battled dementia and passed a few short years ago,” said Becky Skiles Gorby, an Edward Jones financial advisor. “I walk in the hope to enhance care and support services for people living with the disease and their loved ones, like me.”

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During the event, attendees can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies, support programs, and services available.

The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter serves a nine-county region, including Clark and Champaign counties. There are two caregiver support groups in Clark County and one in Champaign County.

For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit www.alz.org/walk.

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