Record Breaking Kickoff For Alzheimer's Walks

September 18, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Record Breaking Kickoff For Alzheimer's Walks

September 18, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 17, 2011 release) – This morning hundreds of Western New Yorkers gathered in Medina at the Medina Canal Basin Park and Batavia at the Genesee County Nursing Home as the Alzheimer’s Association kicked off their Walks to End Alzheimer’s in Western New York. Both the Batavia and Medina walks saw growth in participants and fundraising over the 2010 walks.

Jennifer Gallardo, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter explains, “We have unofficial numbers right now, but so far we are estimating that each walk grew not only in walkers but also fundraising over last year. The Medina walk had 100 participants who so far raised $10,700 compared to in 2010 where we had 66 walkers who raised over $7,780. This morning in Batavia, we had over 125 walkers who raised over $11,000 compared with last year when we had 75 walkers who raised just over $7,000. It is just amazing the kind of support that is shown for those affected by Alzheimer’s in our community.”

Money will continue to be collected for all five Walks to End Alzheimer’s in Western New York until October 31. Three more Walks to End Alzheimer’s will be held over the next two weekends throughout Western New York. On Saturday, September 24, the Buffalo Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo, and on October 1, the Chautauqua walk will be held at the Chautauqua Institution as well as the Lewiston walk being held at Artpark. Registrations for the walks begin at 9 a.m., and the walks kick off at 10 a.m. All Walks to End Alzheimer’s are family-friendly events that includes music, entertainment, raffles and food.

Money raised at Walk to End Alzheimer’s will support local programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, their families and caregivers. In addition to raising money for services, as well as national research efforts, Walk to End Alzheimer’s brings people together to remember loved ones lost to Alzheimer’s and show public support for those affected by the disease. This year’s walk is generously sponsored by ElderWood Senior Care, Tim Horton’s, Mighty Taco, Praxair, STAR 102.5, WBEN 930 AM and WKBW-TV.

Participants will receive Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirts if they rise $100 or more, and other incentives will be awarded based on the amount of money raised. Walk as an individual or start a team with friends, family or co-workers. To pre-register for one of the three remaining Walks to End Alzheimer’s, visit www.AlzWalkWNY.com or call 1.800.272.3900. Participants can also register the morning of the walks beginning at 9 a.m.

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About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. 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. For more information, visit www.alz.org/wny or call 1.800.272.3900.