Thousands of walkers who have joined the fight against Alzheimer’s will put on their purple T-shirts and gather at Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, in South Philadelphia, to “Walk to End Alzheimer’s®”, Sunday, November 10. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and the Walk begins with a Promise Garden Ceremony at 10:45 a.m.
The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter invites prospective walkers to gather their friends, family members and colleagues, form a walk team and register their team online at alz.org/desjsepa , or by calling the Delaware Valley Chapter’s 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900  for assistance. People may also register as an individual walker and/or sign up as a volunteer. For those who cannot make it in person, but would still like to support their local WTEA, they can register as a “virtual walker.” Registrants who raise at least $100 will get a free Walk to End Alzheimer’s tee-shirt.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) is the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter’s signature fundraiser. The dollars WTEA participants raise help fund research, caregiver support groups, early stage initiatives, consumer education, community outreach, and many other programs and services the Chapter offers to as many as 294,000 individuals and their families in the Delaware-South Jersey-Southeastern Pennsylvania region who are affected by Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, such as Lewy Body, Frontotemporal, and other dementias. The Chapter’s Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising goal is $1million.
This year’s pre-Walk and post-walk programs will be filled with live entertainment and special appearances, including, Grammy award-winning singer, Jean Carn, whose own family has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s, and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Brian Duke, who plans to make a few remarks about the nation’s growing Alzheimer’s epidemic. It is projected that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s could triple by the year 2050 without a significant medical breakthrough.
WTXF-FOX 29 and CBS Radio are WTEA television and radio media sponsors. FOX 29, back for its 13th year of sponsorship, will have a table filled with promotional giveaways, plus, news anchors and reporters will be available to meet and greet walkers and sign photographs, including honorary Walk to End Alzheimer’s chairperson, Sue Serio.
CBS Radio, represented by WOGL-98.1 FM will be on the big stage providing the music to pump up the crowd. Walk participants will also have an opportunity to win CDs, T-shirts, DVDs and more, with a spin of a prize wheel at the nearby WOGL promotional tent.
Atco, New Jersey-based band, Triple Dog Dare, will make its first appearance at the Walk to perform a live set to energize walkers.
Keeping with tradition, singer and longtime Alzheimer’s Association volunteer, Coretta Davis returns to the stage to sing, “If You Could Remember,” which plays homage to her and others’ loved ones who are, or were affected by Alzheimer’s.
A special hallmark of every Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Promise Garden Ceremony, which takes place just before the walk begins. Each person holds up high, a big, fabric flower in the color that reflects his or her connection to Alzheimer’s or a related disorder. The result is a colorful display that illustrates not only how widespread Alzheimer’s is, but how closely it touches those who do not even have dementia. The flowers are then “planted” into a multicolored Promise Garden. This year’s Promise Gardens at Walks across the country are sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc., owners of apparel and home fashion retailers such as, TJ Maxx®, Marshalls®, HomeGoods®, and others.
Genesis HealthCare is the local presenting sponsor of Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Regional supermarket chain, ShopRite® has generously donated snacks and water for hungry and thirsty walkers. ShopRite is also providing full boxed lunches for teams that have achieved Champion fundraiser status.
Youngsters can also get their faces painted and have fun creating arts & crafts at the Kids Corner.
The Chapter hosts six walks each fall and has already held walks in Atlantic City and Millville, NJ, Rehoboth and Wilmington, DE, and Kutztown, PA.
About Alzheimer’s disease:
Every 68 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease that affects more than five million people across the country. Approximately 200,000 are younger than 65, and although rare, some are as young as 30. Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia, is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death, and the only top-10 cause of death that does not have a cure, a way to prevent, or slow its symptoms. The disease causes severe memory loss, confusion, and changes in thinking and behavior.