ARCHBOLD — This year’s Black Swamp/Archbold Walk to End Alzheimer’s will feature Northwest State Community College President Dr. Michael Thomson as the chair.
The annual event, which serves residents in Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties, will be Saturday, Aug. 24. Also for the first time this year, the walk will be held on the campus of Northwest State Community College (NSCC) in Archbold.
“It means a lot to Northwest State Community College to host the 2019 Black Swamp Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Thomson said. “NSCC is committed to being the place where our community members gather to help each other. Alzheimer’s has a far greater impact on our families than we realize.
“Personally, I have seen the great impact that Alzheimer’s has on families. It’s a disease that robs the mind of a loved one while also greatly impacting family members who are providing care. I am convinced that by working together we can make a real difference in the lives of our families,” he continued.
In northwest Ohio, 32,000 individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 96,000 family members and friends are caring for them. Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disease that cannot be cured, prevented or slowed. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a great opportunity to remember and honor a loved one who has been touched by the disease,” said Julia Pechlivanos, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter. “The walk is so powerful because everyone there wants to find a cure for this disease.”
Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. While at the walk, participants can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with a poignant tribute known as the Promise Garden ceremony.
All funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, hundreds of local residents participated.
The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter serves a 24-county region. Nationwide, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information or to register to walk, visit alz.org/nwohio/walk or call 800-272-3900.