WATCH: ‘Walk To End Alzheimer’s’ On Space Coast Set For Sept. 21 From Riverfront Park In Cocoa
By Space Coast Daily // September 19, 2019
18,000 people living with Alzheimer’s IN BREVARD
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Alzheimer’s Association invites Space Coast area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
In Brevard County, there are over 18,000 people living with Alzheimer’s. The Walk will take place September 21 at Riverfront Park, located at 401 Riveredge Boulevard in Cocoa.
On Walk day, participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with Promise Flowers during the poignant Promise Garden Ceremony – a moving display of hope to represent the personal reasons participants come together to fight Alzheimer’s.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of, but people can register online now at act.alz.org/spacecoast
There is no registration fee to walk, however, every participant is asked to make a personal donation towards the fight.
“My family has a strong connection to Alzheimer’s, our grandmother was diagnosed with the disease in 1998, in addition to her sister and brother,” said Pam Nystrom-McDougal, who is participating in this year’s Walk as a member of Team UFFDA.
“In 2010 when I started noticing symptoms in my mom, I convinced her to see a doctor where it was confirmed. She had Alzheimer’s My brothers and I learned firsthand what it is to be a caregiver, with the help of her neighborhood friends.
“Sadly, we lost her on March 1, 2017. As a family, we decided that we needed to be more proactive and instantly turned to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Year after year, my brothers and I feel that participating in Walk is our way of trying to save ourselves, our children, friends and anyone who could possibly develop Alzheimer’s.”
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, 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.
“We encourage locals to participate in the walk, as the fundraising dollars fuel the association’s mission and participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in the Space Coast community,” said Amanda Harris, Space Coast Walk Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“While there is no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.”
“The people of the Space Coast work so hard every year on this event. It’s a beautiful venue with a vibrant group helping us to organize each detail. We thank the people of the greater Brevard County area for their tireless efforts on behalf of our mission,” said Alzheimer’s Association CEO, Kay Redington.
To combat this trajectory, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts over 600 Walks to End Alzheimer’s across the country. These Walks raise critically-needed research funds to eventually prevent, treat and one-day cure this disease.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Florida alone, there are more than 560,000 people living with the disease.
Start, or join a team, today by visiting act.alz.org/spacecoast
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