Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming to arena

By The Active Age | October 1, 2018

Show your support for the fight to end Alzheimer’s by taking part in the Wichita Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Intrust Bank Arena.

Or even better, put together a fundraising team and add to the money being raised to battle the disease.

“We have teams who have parties and do fundraisers, ask friends and family to donate, even the gal sitting next to them at church on Sunday,” said Sarah McNay of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas.

The event gets underway at 8 a.m., with the actual walk starting at 11 a.m. 

The walk is a celebration of that effort as well as an educational and awareness-raising event. Participants complete a two-mile walk and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association.

In addition to a tribute ceremony honoring those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, there’s a vendor fair, Kid’s Zone, Promise Garden and breakfast sponsored by Collision Works. Media personalities Greg “The Hitman” Williams and Susan Peters and Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall are expected to attend.

“Last year, Wichita raised $160,000. This year, we know Wichita can raise $200,000.”

Funds raised will directly impact local families in need and increases research dollars to help find a cure.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. In Kansas, there are more than 54,000 people living with the disease and 174,000 caregivers.  

To sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at act.alz.org/ict2018 , or call Steindler-Nolan at 316-267-7333.