Los Angeles County Takes Steps to End Alzheimer’s Disease

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Los Angeles County Takes Steps to End Alzheimer’s Disease

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sunday, November 4

LOS ANGELES – The Alzheimer’s Association 20th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is Sunday, November 4 at Century Park (2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles 90067) in Century City, Los Angeles. More than 3,000 people from throughout Los Angeles County are expected to participate in this year’s walk to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Steve Edwards of FOX 11’s “Good Day LA” will celebrate his 17th year as host of the event. He will be joined by popular show band The MVPs and entertainment personalities Leeza Gibbons, Alfred Molina, Matt Lanter, Lea Thompson, Rafer Johnson, Tracie Thoms, and Gary Bryan, among others. This inspiring, family-oriented event includes 5k and 2k walk routes, music, food, team photos and a festival area. Walkers who raise $100 receive a commemorative T-shirt. There are prizes for top fund-raising teams and individuals. Onsite registration opens at 7 a.m., opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Last year’s Walk raised more than $625,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, which provides support and services to thousands of affected families throughout Los Angeles County, including support groups, training and direct assistance. The Alzheimer’s Association also is the leading non-governmental funder of Alzheimer’s research. Since awarding its first grants in 1982, the Association has awarded in excess of $292 million to more than 2,000 projects, including projects at leading California universities such as UCLA and USC.

Sponsors for Walk to End Alzheimer’s include Anthem Blue Cross, Century Park, Perkins Coie, Wells Fargo, Ralphs, Univision 34/Telefutura 46, Zenith and American Airlines. To start a team, volunteer or make a donation, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org/walk or 323-930-6228.

FAST FACTS

Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic that is now the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, and the only one with no known cause or cure. It is estimated that someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds.

There are currently 588,000 Californians living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease costs California businesses $1.4 billion each year.
If we don’t find a cure soon, it will devastate our healthcare system.
This walk is vital to increasing awareness of the cause and raising necessary funds for service delivery and research

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this inspiring event calls on volunteers of all ages to join the fight against Alzheimer’s. Since their inception in 1989, the walks have raised more than $430 million nationally. For more information, visit www.alz.org/socal.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For information about the California Southland Chapter, visit www.alz.org/socal or call 1-800-272-3900.

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