Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday at MAC Inc.

 

About 600 people are expected to attend the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at MAC Inc. on Saturday.

Designed to raise funding, the event will offer education, as well as information about advocacy, support programs, services and details about clinical studies.

The goal is to raise $100,000.

During the Promise Garden Ceremony, those affected by the disease will raise purple, blue, yellow and orange pinwheel flowers in a statement of solidarity.

“Purple is for people who have lost a loved one. Blue is for those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Yellow is if you are a caregiver and orange is for supporters,” explained Carol Zimmerman, Eastern Shore development and outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland, based in Salisbury.

“They will all raise up flowers into a sea of these different colors. We will have someone from each of those categories speaking,” Zimmerman said.

The walk, at the MAC Center on Progress Circle Drive in Salisbury, will begin with registration at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony will be at 10 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The public is welcome to join in the walk, where a disc jockey will be playing music. There’s no charge to register but walkers must raise $100 to receive a T-shirt.

Walkers may choose the three-quarter mile route or travel 2.5 miles on a paved path suitable for wheelchairs.

“This walk has been going on for many, many years. It’s a very moving event and a very important event for our community because Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

“Every 66 seconds someone will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and it’s only going to increase as the population ages. It’s affecting us greatly here on the Eastern Shore. Every day we see families affected by this deadly disease,” Zimmerman said.

The mission is to “eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health,” she said.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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