Outdoors Briefs

Walk to end Alzheimer’s

The Western Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Pack Square Park in Asheville, with options also planned for virtual participation. 

Check-in starts at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10:30 a.m. Participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony, whose colors represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s and their personal reasons to end the disease. 

Similar walks will be held worldwide, making the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 180,000 in North Carolina. Nationwide, more than 11 million family members provide care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including 358,000 in North Carolina. 

The Asheville walk is one of 17 planned across North Carolina. Sign up at act.alz.org/Asheville or call 800.272.3900. While plans are moving forward for an in-person walk, decisions about the event will be made with health and safety in mind, and options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods. 

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