Walkers of all ages will gather on Selby Field at Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday, Oct. 25, for the “Delaware Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”
The walk is an opportunity for those who have been affected by the disease to be reminded that they are not alone and join in a display of combined strength and dedication to the fight, say organizers. Activities begin at 1 p.m. with the walk beginning at 2 p.m.
The event is open to all ages and is accessible for both wheelchairs and strollers. Registered participants will carry pinwheel flowers representing their connection to the disease.
The Delaware walk, in its seventh year, is one of 600 nationwide, including four others in the region organized by the Alzheimer’s Association’s central Ohio chapter. Walkers are encouraged to donate and raise money for the cause. Pre-registration as part of a team or as an individual is encouraged and is available online at act.alz.org/delawareohio. Day-of registration is available on-site starting at 1 p.m.
Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death and affects an estimated 25,000 people in central Ohio and 5.4 million nationwide, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, according to the 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds; by 2050 the rate will rise to every 33 seconds, according to the organization.
Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of Walk day preparation, including set-up, registration and cheering along the route. More information about volunteering is available through alz.org/centralohio.