'Walk to End Alzheimer's' set for Oct. 13 in Albany

ALBANY, Ga. -- Those who have been touched by Alzheimer's disease in some fashion will be able to soon participate in an Albany event aiming at contributing to research and advocacy efforts.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 13 at Riverfront Park.

"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of South Georgia to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by participating in Albany's Walk to End Alzheimer's," said Evie Carver, Albany Walk committee chair, in a news release. "Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 200,000 residents of Georgia living with Alzheimer's, while also contributing to advancing critically needed research."

The first of 20 walks in Georgia was held in Valdosta on Sept. 15. Tifton's walk will be on Saturday.

Other walks are set to take place throughout the state in the coming weeks, with this year's final one set for Nov. 10 in Rome.

Officials say Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation's sixth leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with the condition is expected to escalate, increasing beyond today's estimated 5.4 million Americans living with the disease.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard is scheduled to speak at the 5K event, coordinators of the walk say.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is reportedly the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. In 1989, the Alzheimer's Association began mobilizing millions of Americans in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk.

Now the organization is continuing on with the cause through the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Call (229) 388-8219 to start or join a team, or donate to the walk. The address is Alzheimer's Association, 315 W. Second St., Tifton, GA 31794.

While there is no registration fee for the event, walkers are encouraged to make a personal donation as well as raise money for the cause, which will be credited toward the walker's personal fundraising goal.

Those who raise $200 or more will receive a T-shirt. The suggested goal for each walker is $225.

The status of each walk's fundraising progress may be checked at www.georgiawalk.org or www.alz.org. Interested parties can visit georgiawalk.org to sign up for the Albany walk or donate to the cause.