McLean, VA – The Alzheimer’s Association invites Prince George’s County residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – Prince George’s County on Saturday, September 29 at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III and his wife Christa Baker will serve as Honorary Chairs of the Walk. In November 2012, the Bakers shared with the public that Mrs. Baker had younger-onset dementia. Since then, the County Executive, his staff and members of the community have worked with the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter to expand programs, services and support to county residents.
Prince George’s County native and NFL wide receiver Brandon Coleman, who lost his grandmother to Alzheimer’s, will attend. Coleman recently hosted the second annual Memory Lane bowlathon to raise funds for his family’s Walk team.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend, with a goal to raise $190,000. Participants can learn about Alzheimer’s and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. They will join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s, followed by a two-mile walk. The event will conclude with a high-energy post-walk celebration with live entertainment.
Now in its fifth year, the Walk has led to increased Alzheimer’s awareness, programs and services for county residents. The 2017 event drew over 1,100 participants and raised more than $149,000 that helped to support the delivery of vital Alzheimer’s Association free programs and services for the community, including support groups, Memory Cafes for people in the early stages of the disease, education workshops and conferences, and almost 600 calls to the Association’s 24/7 Helpline.
Participation in Walk to End Alzheimer’s is free. Participants are encouraged to fundraise. To start or join a team, visit alz.org/walk. For more information, contact LaKeysha Boyd-Moore at 240.518.8496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.