The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research programs. Across western New York, there are six such Walks scheduled, including Sept. 6 at Chautauqua Institution.
"What is so special about this Walk is the stunning location. The roughly two-mile walk starts at the Turner Community Center and winds around the lake. It's a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning having fun and making a difference for many families," said Lynn Westcott, Development Director for the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter.
The Walk is open to everyone and registration is a fast and simple process: simply log on to www.alz.org/WNY or call 1-800-272-3900. Site check-in and day-of registration begins at 9 a.m., the opening ceremony starts at 10 and the Walk gets underway at 10:10 a.m.
Everyone who registers to Walk receives a nylon pinwheel flower as a remembrance of the day. The flowers come in four colors and symbolize the various reasons to participate. For instance, a purple flower means "I've lost someone to the disease." Often, personal messages are written on the flowers before they are "planted" in the Promise Garden on the site, which is a visual representation of the pledge to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer's disease. The flowers are retrieved at the end of the event to take home.
There is no fee to register, but fundraising is strongly encouraged to ensure the chapter can continue to provide local resources for county residents who are directly impacted by Alzheimer's. There are incentives for reaching certain fundraising goals, and participants have until Oct. 31 to raise money to quality.
The WNY Walk to End Alzheimer's is made possible through the support of these sponsors: Elderwood, West Herr Toyota, and Tim Horton's.