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Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter estimates that across Chautauqua County, approximately 5,000 residents have Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. It’s further believed that an additional 15,000 family members and friends provide some kind of care for those with impaired cognition. All those people, as well as professional care providers, have access to the no-cost resources of the WNY Chapter, which include educational programs, support groups, on-line access to information, support & medical professionals across the county, and other vital programs and services.
The major means of financial support for these services is the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place in Dunkirk on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the large shelter in Point Gratiot Park (off Lake Shore Drive) starting at 9:00 a.m.
A committee of local residents and business and community leaders has been planning Walk for months, helping secure donations of goods and services, recruiting team members and leaders and promoting the event across the county while raising awareness about dementia and the WNY Chapter.
Registration and fundraising can be accomplished on-line at alz.org/WNY or via a quick phone call to 1.800.272.3900. All registered participants have access to refreshments, entertainment and basket and 50/50 raffles.
Day-of registration is also available from 9-10 a.m., and fundraising can continue through the end of October to qualify for incentives, which include a purple Walk to End Alzheimer’s tee shirt and a gold medal.
The continuing availability of Chapter resources and important research to find ways to prevent, slow and cure Alzheimer’s disease is also funded through the generous support of the corporate world.
WDCX Radio is a Walk Platinum Sponsor. “Alzheimer’s has taken far too many lives and devastated way too many families,” says Neil Boron, WDCX radio host. “Loving family members and friends who cannot love you back is the epitome of unconditional love, and why we are so engaged in this fight.”
Cellino and Barnes is also a major corporate sponsor, led by law firm co-founder Steve Barnes. “We’re proud to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its fight against this disease and we are confident that continued research will achieve our ultimate goal: finding a cure.”
Additional corporate sponsors include Elderwood, Tim Hortons and Northtown Toyota. Local sponsors also generously support the event, including Fredonia Place and Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Other Walks are scheduled in Batavia, Lewiston and Warsaw throughout the months of September and October. Information and easy registration is available on-line at alz.org/WNY or by calling 1.800.272.3900.