Walkers to raise critically needed funds; ML editor named honorary mission chair
The Mississippi Link Newswire
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Jackson area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Mississippi Museum of Art, Art Garden will be the site of the Walk Sept. 15, at 9 a.m.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for more than 500 expected participants in the Jackson area who will learn about the disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services.
Additionally, participants will be inspired to become more involved in the fight by the Walk’s 2012 honorary mission chair and advocate Gail M. Brown. She, her husband and 12-year-old son cared for her late father, Howard Herman Hargrove of Clinton, Miss., who lost his battle with Alzheimer’s after a six-year fight.
“We could not have cared for my father without God’s help and understanding employers,” said Brown. “Often people do not realize the challenges caregivers endure while caring for their loved ones with this horrible disease, which has become more prevalent among older African-Americans and Hispanics.”
Currently employed as an editor with The Mississippi Link newspaper, Brown said she is humbled by being asked to serve as honorary mission chair, and that she will work diligently to help increase awareness of the disease.
“There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Jackson to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said executive director for the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Patty Dunn. “Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 53,000 residents of Mississippi living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.”
Start or join a team today at alz.org/walk.
About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.