WACO, Texas – It’s time once again for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!
Communities nationwide are coming together for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, with a goal of raising funds and resources for a cure.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million people are living with the disease, and this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million by 2050.
North Central Texas Alzheimer’s Association Regional Director Brenda Shuttlesworth says they have 95 teams for the walk, and over 600 people registered to join.
“We have already reached our fundraising goal,” Shuttlesworth said. “We are getting together on Saturday to celebrate to success here in Waco, Texas!”
She says they also have a first-time team from Germany participating, who is currently the number two fundraising team.
“We have a team that is with L3 Harris. They are working in Germany, and they are going to walk the same time we are,” Shuttlesworth said. “Here it will be about 9 o’ clock, and it’s seven hours ahead in Germany.”
This year participants have the option to walk from home if they are worried about the Delta variant or the weather. Those who participate in the in-person walk will follow safety protocols, per CDC outdoor guidelines.
“The process for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a 365-day a year process. And in Waco, we have a phenomenal walk planning committee team,” Shuttlesworth said. “The leadership of that team is helping make Saturday a reality.”
She says she is grateful for all the community partners which have helped make the planning of this event a success.
“We thank FOX 44 so much for being our TV media sponsor for the 2021 Waco Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Shuttlesworth said.
The walk returns to an in-person event this Saturday, October 2, at Brazos Park East. The event will start at 8:00 a.m., and the walk will start at 9:30 a.m. Be sure to wear purple, if you can! FOX 44’s Mike LaPoint and Adam Hooper will emcee the event.
The Alzheimer’s Association is asking for all walk attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or to wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site.
For more information, and to also register and donate, you can visit act.alz.org/waco.
Allen Samuels recently held a special drive-by car parade to benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. You can view our previous story here.
Sources: Alzheimer’s Association Waco and Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter