Whether or not someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you likely know at least one person with this condition or a who has a loved one suffering from it. The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is coming up and is just one of several ways you can help put an end to this degenerative condition that affects so many worldwide.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s This November
You don’t have to go far to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as the West Alabama version of it is right in Tuscaloosa. The walk will take place at Medeiros Park, which, if you aren’t familiar with it, is at 1 Greensboro Ave. It takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11, and there is still time to register to participate. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the walk for those who haven’t already registered. There will be a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. with the walk following and beginning at 9:45 a.m.
The walk’s route will cover two miles. All the proceeds go to a good cause, meaning you get exercise and to help people. Participants of all ages will need to register to participate, but you can do so the day of if necessary. Registering early is recommended as it gives you more time to fundraise.
Fundraise or Donate Your Money
Even if you don’t participate in the walk, you can help fight Alzheimer’s by fundraising or donating yourself. The Alzheimer’s Association even has an incentive program that gives you your choice of rewards based on how much money you raise for the cause. As long as you raise at least $100, you will get a T-shirt for the event. Other incentives include hats, tumblers, exercise mats, softshell jackets, coolers, and more.
Volunteer Your Time
In addition to participating in the walk itself, you can also volunteer, either on the day of the race or via a planning committee. The Alzheimer’s Association just asks that volunteers either donate or raise $5 to cover the cost of their volunteer shirt. If you volunteer on the day of the walk, you should expect to do a lot of walking yourself and to have a great time. You may also lift heavy objects and have to deal with whatever weather conditions the day brings. Or you can join the planning committee to work on the logistics and other aspects of the walk if you can’t volunteer on Nov. 11.
Where the Money Goes
All money raised via the Walk to End Alzheimer’s goes to improve the Alzheimer’s Association’s support, care, and research efforts. This is a non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
On the day of the walk, just hop in your vehicle from Tuscaloosa Hyundai and be on your way to helping fight Alzheimer’s disease here in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and around the world.