Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Details: Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Walk:
          When: Sunday September 8th, 2013 (National Grandparents Day)
                    Registration: 12:30pm
                    Start Time: 2pm
          Where: Portland International Raceway (PIR) | 1940 N. Victory Blvd.
          The Cost: It's free! All walkers must register, however, for event participation numbers (registration can be done here).
          The Fun: It's not just a 2-mile walk. Organizers are striving to make the Walk to End Alzheimer's a fun-filled, family event for everyone involved:
  • Classic Car Show
  • Kidz Zone featuring a bounce house, pumpkin patch, & the chance to see an ambulance up close & personal.
  • Live band and entertainment
  • Food vendors
  • Participation by the Portland Timbers and the Timbers Army in honor of Hall of Famer Jimmy Conway.
  • Promise Garden - depending on each walker's relation with Alzheimer's (sufferer, caregiver, loved-one who suffers), a color-specific flower will be placed in the Promise Garden, creating quite the visual with over 3,000 walkers anticipated.
Alzheimer's -- by the numbers.

The Cause:
     Today, there are over five million Americans living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, that number could triple.

      Research and support services need funding, and the Walk to End Alzheimer's provides just that. Since 1982, the Alzheimer's Association has granted over $300 million to scientists for studies and research.

     Nationwide, 651 walks raised $51.8 million last year. That money funds 4,500 support groups throughout the country, maintains the 24/7 support hotline (800.272.3900), and funds various research projects searching for answers to the Alzheimer's question.
The Fundraising:
     There are wide-scope efforts, company efforts, and small team efforts to help raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association through the Walk to End Alzheimer's. I have a relatively small family, but we are doing our best to add a few dollars to the cause.

     We have formed Papa's Team, and will be walking on September 8th, in honor of our Papa. Donate, register to walk with us -- do whatever you are able, and willing, to do!

     If you have any questions, comments, or even if you have a fundraising idea (orrrrrr, you work for a company that might be interested in taking part), please don't hesitate to contact me!

     We have roughly 40 days to go til walk-day, let's see how many dollars we can collect!

Donate to Papa's Team!
Register to Walk with Us!

Walking for Papa 


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