CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In order to bring awareness and raise funds to further the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is hosting a nationwide Virtual Alzheimer’s Walk which kicks off October 30th.
The virtual walk runs through November, which is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and anyone looking to participate can click here to learn more and register or by calling AFA at 866-232-8484.
“This virtual walk allows individuals across the country to come together for a common purpose – to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said AFA president & CEO Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. “The goal is to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and funds to further the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in their communities. We invite everyone to get involved. Every step counts!”
Event officials say individuals can walk from wherever they are, at their own pace, for however long they would like, or get a team together and encourage others to walk with them in order to raise funds.
Officials say participants will be able to track their progress on their page as they walk as well as invite others to their page to support them.
All the proceeds raised will go to support AFA’s programs and services to help families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease including free daily virtual activity programming, AFA’s Helpline, support groups, educational initiatives, and more.
Officials say proceeds will also go towards research for a cure.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one in the top ten causes of death that is without a cure or reversible treatment, according to the CDC.
The CDC says more than 6.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease right now, and estimate that number could grow to 13.8 million by 2060.