Local Alzheimer's Association Awaits OK for October Walk


Last updated 7/8/2021 at 8:55pm | View PDF

The 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's, held at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, raised more than $32,000 to fight the disease.

The Alzheimer's Association is inviting Tulare and Kings County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer's by participating in the 2021 Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's.

"We're moving forward with plans to host Walk to End Alzheimer's in person this fall," reported Amanda Valenzuela, development manager of the Alzheimer's Association's California Southland Chapter. "The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers remain our top priorities as we make decisions about event details, and we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood."

Plans for this year's walk, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 2, at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia have been submitted to the Tulare County Parks & Recreation Department's Advisory Board, which evaluates each event's detailed COVID plan before approval.

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the traditional Mooney Grove event last year, replacing it by having participants organize walks in their own neighborhoods.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

"Alzheimer's is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we," said Sherrie Wallace, event chair for this year's event. "We must continue Walk to End Alzheimer's, and we are working with all participants to ensure they have a powerful and moving experience that is felt when we are together. Many of our constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and we know that our volunteers and participants appreciate our commitment to keeping all involved healthy and safe."

More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

To register or to receive the latest updates (including confirmation of the date) for this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's, visit alz.org/walk for more information.


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