The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Sept. 14 at the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex at the University of Findlay.

This is a fundraiser benefiting the Hancock and Putnam County residents affected by Alzheimer’s.

Participants will complete a 2-mile walk and will have the opportunity to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the Promise Garden ceremony.

Julia Pechlivanos, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter, said over 2,000 residents of the two-county area have been diagnosed with dementia, and many more are undiagnosed.

There are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or slowed. Over 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Ohio alone, there are more than 220,000 people living with the disease.

Residents can sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/nwohio/walk.

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