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Alzheimer's Walk to Weave Through Cincinnati & Newport Saturday

The statistics are frightening…an estimated 5.4 million Americans currently affected…the sixth leading cause of death…one in eight baby boomers to be stricken with the disease. The latest figures regarding Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on the United States bring a heightened sense of urgency to do something about a growing epidemic.

But for many who participate in the annual Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s™, like Missy Ross of Landen, the numbers are overshadowed by more personal reasons to be involved in the event.

“My grandmother, Betty, died with Alzheimer’s two years ago,” said Ms. Ross, who was one of the top individual fundraisers last year.” It is sometimes difficult to feel that you can make a difference with an issue as large as Alzheimer’s but with the Walks you feel like every dollar can help.”

Serving as the primary national fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is an annual event that brings those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, family members and community together in a show of remembrance and support. Proceeds from the walks directly benefit the local programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association as well as support of Alzheimer’s research efforts.

The 2012 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The 3.5 mile walk route will include historic sections of Newport and the Purple People Bridge.

Last year, an estimated 4,500 walkers participated in the Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s five Walks, raising a record total of $505,000.

You can register online at www.alz.org/cincinnati or call (800) 272-3900.

Honorary chairs for this year’s walks include the B105.1 FM morning team of Chris Carr & Company and WLWT-TV news anchor Jack Atherton.

For more information on the walks, call Steve Olding at (513) 721-4284 or [email protected] or visit: www.alz.org/cincinnati.

SOURCE: Press Release

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