NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York City chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is inviting Manhattan and Brooklyn residents to join in a movement to reclaim the future for millions living with Alzheimer's disease by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. The Manhattan and Brooklyn walks will both take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016, with the theme of "Bridging New York in the Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease."
For the first time in the history of Walk to End Alzheimer's, participants in the Manhattan and Brooklyn walks will greet each other from opposite sides of the Brooklyn Bridge for an inspirational moment before turning back toward their respective finish lines. Participants can choose to register for and start the walk in Brooklyn at Cadman Plaza Park or in Manhattan at South Street Seaport. Both walks will begin at 11 a.m. EDT.
Walk to End Alzheimer's is more than a walk. In addition to helping raise vital funds for Alzheimer's advocacy, research, care and support, the walk offers an opportunity for thousands of participants in Manhattan and Brooklyn to learn about Alzheimer's disease and how they can support this cause – from advocacy opportunities, fundraising and clinical trials enrollment, to support programs and services. Walk participants will also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony at the start of each walk. This tribute encourages participants to come together and make a commitment to fulfill their promise to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer's disease. Before the ceremony, participants will receive a promise flower onto which they can write a personal message that will strengthen their dedication to ending Alzheimer's.
"As the number of people living with Alzheimer's continues to grow each year, now more than ever we need New Yorkers to unite in the fight against this fatal disease," said Christopher Smith, Executive Director for the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. "As a leader in Alzheimer's advocacy, research programs, care and support for people in the five boroughs living with the disease and their families, the Alzheimer's Association New York City chapter asks you to join us in supporting and honoring the families facing Alzheimer's, while also raising awareness and funds to help accelerate Alzheimer's clinical research that will help us achieve a world without Alzheimer's."
Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and 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 more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. In New York state alone, there are 390,000 people living with Alzheimer's, and this number is expected to increase to 460,000 by 2025. Alzheimer's is also the costliest chronic disease to society.
To register for the Manhattan or Brooklyn walk today, visit the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's at alz.org/walk. Help us reach our goal of collectively raising $375,000 through the Manhattan and Brooklyn Walk to End Alzheimer's.
To learn more about Alzheimer's and available resources, visit alz.org or call the toll-free Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®
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. 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.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The New York City chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is a leader in Alzheimer's care and support for people in the five boroughs living with the disease and their families. 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. To learn more, please visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900. For more information about local resources and events, please visit alz.org/nyc.
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