CELINA, OH (9-3-20) – Purple Alzheimer’s shirts will be seen all over Mercer County on September 19 as participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s show their support for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.

Walkers in the Grand Lake Walk to End Alzheimer’s will also have new tools to enhance the Walk experience.

Registration is now open for this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. While the Alzheimer’s Association is not gathering a large crowd because of COVID-19 restrictions, participants are encouraged to walk individually in their neighborhoods to join the movement.

Julia Pechlivanos, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter.

“”We are excited for the Walk is Everywhere format this year, giving everyone the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the cause right in their own neighborhoods or local parks. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is not only about the funds that are raised, although the donations are tremendously important. The Alzheimer’s Association is building a movement to end Alzheimer’s and all dementia, and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is perhaps the best way to engage hundreds of thousands of Americans in the cause.”

The chair of this year’s Grand Lake Walk is Brenda McGee, Nutrition Services Supervisor at Celina Manor Nursing Home. She said she participates in the Walk because –

“over the last 30 years this disease has affected me personally watching my grandparents and other close loved ones be affected by the disease. It has changed my life in my career by caring for those with the disease… I continue to be involved by loving the residents, supporting their families and helping them to understand some of the different stages of the disease.”

This year’s Walk goal is to raise $50,000. Last year, participants in the Grand Lake Walk raised $39,000. Money raised during the Walk allows the Association to offer free Alzheimer’s education and support resources. In addition, Walk funds help pay for Alzheimer’s research.

The Walk Ceremony, with the traditional Promise Garden Ceremony, will occur at 10 a.m. and will be livestreamed. This year there will be four view-only Promise Garden locations. They will be in Celina, Saint Marys, Wapakoneta and in the Maria Stein area. Participants can drive by from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Promise Garden has different color flowers to represent one’s connection to the disease.

People can go to alz.org/nwohio/walk to register for the event. On Walk Day, participants are encouraged to:
• Log onto Mainstage, the event’s interactive online experience
• Livestream the opening Promise Garden Ceremony
• Walk in your neighborhood
• Track your steps using the Walk to End Alzheimer’s app
• Visit the Promise Garden location

The Grand Lake Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of eight Walks the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is having this year. Last year, nearly 4,000 Northwest Ohio residents participated in those Walks. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. The Northwest Ohio Chapter makes care and support available to 32,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in the chapter area, and an additional 96,000 people affected through their role as caregivers.

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 has mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.