Walk to End Alzheimer’s is meant to raise money, awareness

Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at USU’s Ralph Maughan Track is designed for more than one purpose. The Utah Alzheimer’s Association has issued an invitation to everyone in the community to participate beginning with the Saturday morning on-site registration at 7:30 followed by the start of the walk and a 5K race at 8:30. “Obviously we’re hoping to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research,” said committee co-chair Jenn Weiss. “But our primary goal is promote Alzheimer’s awareness and help people know of the resources available to them and also how they can recognize the onset of the disease.” Weiss, executive administrative assistant for the Sunshine Terrace Foundation, said a helpful website, alz.org, has extensive information on the disease with answers to most often asked questions. Entrants in the 5K race, who will pay a $20 fee to participate, will run a course up and around the USU campus. “Those who participate in the walk will loop the track and there will be vendor booths and support groups and we have breakfast afterwards,” said Weiss. “There is no required fee, we do encourage a donation. “Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States,” said Weiss. “There are medications out there that can slow the onset of the disease. It is important to understand that when you begin to see the signs of Alzheimer’s there is help available from caregiver support to the website that you can turn to. Just being more aware can make a difference.”

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