Gearing up for Walk to End Alzheimer’s
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - The Alzheimer's Association of Western New York held a kickoff party to get the community involved in any of its five "Walk to End Alzheimer's," which take place in September.
The event brings hundreds of people together every year, whether they're walking, fundraising or volunteering.
According to organizers, more than 55,000 Western New Yorkers have Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and that number is expected to grow in the future.
Proceeds from all the walks support local programs and international research.
"Alzheimer's disease isn't going away any time soon,” said Jennifer Gallardo, the director of public relations and marketing for the WNY Chapter. “There is no cure, or really any effective treatments for it right now. Obviously, the money that's being raised for people who are impacted and for research is critical right now."
All five walks throughout Western New York are held during the last three Saturday's in September.
For more information on how to participate in the walk, visit their website at alz.org/wny