The annual Memory Walk to end Alzheimer’s will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Cody Park in North Platte.Registration will open at 12:30 a.m., and the Walk will begin at 2 p.m.
The Alzheimer’s Association walkers will take a route and learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association, the organization said.
Walk participants will also join a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Dick Warneke, a North Platte resident and supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said he was inspired to walk in the North Platte Walk to End Alzheimer’s as he watched his wife go through the disease.
“Many years ago, my pastor took me to my first Alzheimer’s support group in North Platte. From that experience, I learned so much. Having cared for my wife as she faced Alzheimer’s disease, I could see a dire need to find a cure. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s helps with that.”
In addition to walking, participants will enjoy live entertainment, free food from Runza, and interaction with the following sponsors: Runza, Centennial Park Retirement Village/Sutherland Care Center, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Husker Radio, among others.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.
Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S.
In Nebraska, there are more than 33,000 people living with the disease and 81,000 caregivers, the group said.
To sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual, see alz.org/walk.