Preparation for Walk to End Alzheimer's begins

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Volunteers sign up participants for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. (DT Photo/Corey Clairday)

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is this fall, and local residents are already making preparations to ensure this year's walk is a successful one. Sherry Pearce, walk chairperson and admissions director at Arlington Cove in Trumann, and Zach Hatley, co-chairperson for the walk and social director at Three Rivers Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Marked Tree, were in Jonesboro Friday, June 20, for the Walk to End Alzheimer's kick-off party at South Wind Heights Retirement Community.

With over 60,000 living with Alzheimer's in Arkansas and over five million living with the disease nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association's goal is a world without Alzheimer's. The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the Alzheimer's Association's largest nationwide event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research. It is held annually in more than 650 communities.

Pearce, Hatley and others involved with the Alzheimer's Association greeted people interested in participating in the walk. "Our goal today is to orient people to be part of the walk," Pearce said. "Today we're encouraging people to register for a team and for sponsorship."

The Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Arkansas State University Student Union. Registration is at 8 a.m. Anyone interested in participating in the walk can contact Pearce at 870-253-1812 or visit alz.org/arkansas or community.alz.org.

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