FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – More than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Florida, there are more than 540,000 people living with the disease and more than 1.1 million caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct.13, at Nova Southeastern University, 301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

“I walk for my mom, for my dad, in honor of their memory,” said Mary Ann Watson, Walk Committee Chair. “But more so I walk to bring awareness to be a part of the solution. I walk for my husband and my children. I walk for my children’s children. I am proud to walk as a nurse educator, I walk with a loud voice, as a pioneer, as a warrior to END Alzheimer’s. To stop the disease from taking so many lives and changing whole families.”

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

“More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixthleading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Joel Robinson, Development Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter. “It’s the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we.”

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