This weekend is your chance to lace up for a good cause. The Reno/Sparks Walk to End Alzheimer's happens Saturday at the Sparks Marina.
More than 900 people participated last year and event organizers hope 1,000 supporters will come out this year. They hope to raise thousands of dollars for research to find a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia. Right now there is no cure, nor no way of slowing the disease from progressing. Nearly 10,000 northern Nevadans are currently living with the disease. This debilitating disease does not only affect those diagnosed, but their families and caregivers as well. The local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association also raises money for those caregivers.
Walks like these take place across the country. This is the largest fundraiser for the local chapter, which relies on the support of people like Janice Moulian. She started coming out to the walk in support of her mother, who lost her fight to Alzheimer's and continues to walk every year in honor of two of her brothers who were recently diagnosed. She worries about them and everyone else in her family and says it is very scary. "There's no treatment, there's no cure for Alzheimer's and Baby Boomers are coming down the pipeline. They're going to be affected; either they will be diagnosed or they will know someone who will be diagnosed."
If an effort to find a cure and put a stop to the disease; you are invited to come out and Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event is free, however you are encouraged to collect donations. A $100 donation will earn you a t-shirt.
The event is this Saturday, September 28 at the Sparks Marina. Check in opens at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.
To learn more, log onto http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk/CA-NorthernCaliforniaandNorthernNevada?fr_id=3265&pg=entry
Written by Kristen Remington