The Alzheimer’s Association will present its Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Nov. 18. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of, but people can register online at act.alz.org/VolusiaCounty.
Over 5.5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease. In Florida, over half-a-million people are currently diagnosed; in Volusia County there are approximately 15,812 people living with Alzheimer’s.
In America, $256 billon was spent in America on care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia this year alone. And not only are the Alzheimer’s cases growing, the costs are as well. By the year 2050, cost of care for Alzheimer’s and dementia is projected to reach over $1.1 trillion.
Hundreds of walks
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts over 600 Walks to End Alzheimer’s across the country to raise critically needed research funds to eventually prevent, treat and someday cure this disease.
“The people of Volusia County work so hard every year on this event. It’s a beautiful venue with a vibrant group helping us to organize each detail. We thank the people of the greater Daytona area for their tireless efforts on behalf of our mission” said Alzheimer’s Association CEO Kay Redington.
No registration fee
On Saturday at Riverfront Park, Daytona walkers will begin the two-mile inspirational walk to raise funds to further care, support and research efforts towards Alzheimer’s disease. There is no registration fee to walk. However, every participant is asked to make a personal donation toward the fight.
This year, the Central North Florida chapter hopes to raise approximately $85,450 in Daytona Beach for community programs and research in and around the area to help families and their loved ones manage through this illness.
Registration and check-in begin promptly at 8 a.m. at South Beach Street and East Magnolia Avenue. The official ceremony begins at 9 with the walk starting at 9:30 a.m.