Upcoming Events Hope to End Debilitating Disease

Posted by Denyse Shannon on

Alzheimer’s disease is just one of many forms of dementia and affects tens of thousands of people throughout Michigan. Three local fundraiser walks are planned over the next few weeks to help raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding the debilitating disease. Mark Hitchcock is event manager for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Saginaw, Midland and Grand Blanc. He says though the disease is fatal, the hope is to find a cure.

“It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support research right here, not only in the state of Michigan, but in the Great Lakes Bay Region. It’s extremely important because there is a lot we still need to learn about so that we can eventually have a world without Alzheimer’s," says Hitchcock.

This Saturday’s walk will be held at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex. Hitchcock says registration starts about 9 am with the walk starting at about 10 am. Then on September 23rd, there will be another event at Dow Diamond in Midland. On September 30th walkers can participate in another event in Grand Blanc. Hitchcock says the walk isn’t just for those affected by the disease, but is for anyone because he says everyone either has a loved one who suffers, or potentially knows someone who is affected. Hitchcock says there is no fee to enter, but participants are encouraged to raise funds toward research. Walks to End Alzheimer’s are held throughout the state. Registration is open either on the website or the day of the event. For more information or to sign up a team, go to https://act.alz.org/ and search for locations. 

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