Alzheimerâ€™s Foundation of America to Host Nationwide Virtual Walk During National Alzheimerâ€™s Awareness Month
By Lisa Padilla -
Thursday Oct 01, 2020
The Alzheimerâ€™s Foundation of America (AFA) will be holding a nationwide Virtual Alzheimerâ€™s Walk in the Park during National Alzheimerâ€™s Awareness Month. The month-long initiative, which kicks off with an opening ceremony on November 1st, gives our nation a way to get involved in the fight against Alzheimerâ€™s disease from anywhere. Those wishing to get involved can visit http://www.afawalk.com to learn more or register.
â€œThis virtual walk allows individuals across the country to raise Alzheimerâ€™s awareness and funds to further the fight against Alzheimerâ€™s disease in their communities, whenever and however they want during November, no matter where they live,â€ said AFA president & CEO Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. â€œWhether its walking on their own, building a team or just showing their support, we invite everyone to get involved. Every step counts!â€
Individuals can walk from wherever they are, at their own pace, for however long they would like throughout November as part of National Alzheimerâ€™s Awareness Month. People can also organize their own teams and encourage others to â€œwalkâ€ with them and raise funds. Participants will be able to track their steps with an app on their page as they walk. All walkers should follow the social distancing guidelines/requirements in their area.
Proceeds raised through the virtual walk will go to support AFAâ€™s programs and services to help families impacted by the disease, including free daily virtual activity programming, AFAâ€™s Helpline, support groups, educational initiatives and more.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event. Information about sponsorship opportunities can be found by visiting http://www.afawalk.com or calling AFAâ€™s Development Department at 866-232-8484.
Alzheimerâ€™s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one in the top ten without a cure or reversible treatment. More than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimerâ€™s disease right now, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that number could grow to 14 million by 2060.
Individuals can get involved in the virtual walk by visiting http://www.afawalk.com or calling AFA at 866-232-8484.