Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association holds around 600 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events around the country. This year’s Solano County walk will be October 22nd at Suisun City’s Harbor Plaza. We expect 1250 participants and hope to raise $155,000 to support research and caregiver support.
This event is important to me because I lost my wife to Alzheimer’s two days before Christmas, 2008. Since then, I’ve been an active volunteer in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Northern California Chapter, and I’m proud that PVE is a sponsor of the event. Our team, the PVE Pacers, will participate in the event and we’re working hard to develop some fun fundraisers to contribute to this cause.
Registration begins at 8 am, with the opening ceremonies at 9 and the 3-mile walk beginning at 10. There will be many booths offering Alzheimer’s help and information, and there’s always a great band.
But why do we need to do this?
Alzheimer’s is a fatal neurological disease that kills nerve cells and brain tissue. Currently, there is no way to prevent, cure, or even slow down Alzheimer’s, and everyone is at risk.
Worldwide, 47 million people deal with Alzheimer’s today, and that number is projected to grow to 76 million in the next 15 years. Research is the path to finding a cure, and that’s what this walk is all about.