Portsmouth answering call to Walk to End Alzheimer’s

August 17, 2013

Generous individuals are being asked to step forward in support of the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at the 2013 Portsmouth Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Portsmouth Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Market Square in Portsmouth. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.; the Walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

Money raised at the Walk will directly fund programs and services of the Southeastern Ohio branch office of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, which serves families in Scioto, Jackson, Lawrence, Vinton and Gallia counties. As the primary national fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an annual event that brings those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, family members and the community together in a show of remembrance and support.

“Alzheimer’s disease touches many families in Portsmouth and throughout southeastern Ohio. The Walk is a way for the community to come together in support of these families and the many important programs and services we provide,” said Amy Fecker, Special Events Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.

Last year’s Portsmouth Walk attracted nearly 350 participants and raised a record $31,000.

Comfort Inn, Concord Health & Rehabilitation Center and Portsmouth Emergency Ambulance are gold sponsors for this year’s Walk. Other event sponsors include Hill View Retirement Center, Hallmark Home Health Care, Resthaven Rehab and Skilled Nursing, Scioto Foot Care and Wheelersburg Internal Medicine.

Nearly 4,200 people participated in the Chapter’s five area Walks last year, raising a record total of $545,000 to support the Chapter’s local programs and services and to fund national Alzheimer’s research.

For more information on the Walk, please call Amy Fecker at 800-272-3900 or email: afecker@alz.org.

You can also register on-line by visiting the chapter Web site at www.alz.org/cincinnati.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati serves 27 counties in Southern Ohio, Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky where an estimated 55,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects more than 5 million Americans.