Participants Will Drive as Individuals, Families or Small Teams
across Fremont County in Wake of COVID-19
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Fremont County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Drive to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
This is the first year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fremont County. Because of the possible risk from COVID-19, the Walk is actually going to be a Drive! Instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to drive as individuals or in small groups. The Car Rally will start at Central Wyoming College in Riverton and travel to Lander on a route that includes several long-term care residences along the way. Each carload will be a team and should register today at alz.org/Walk.
“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Wendy Vizek, vice president, constituent events at the Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing how we participate, but it doesn’t change the need to participate. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”
Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being replicated. On September 26, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants’ smartphones, tablets, and computers. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at Hudson Memorial Park to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s. The park is on the route from Riverton to Lander.
To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Mainstage” to track their steps and distance, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along the way and to congratulate them upon completion.
“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” said Grace Andrus, Fremont County Walk Chair. “We must continue Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we are working with all participants to ensure they have a powerful and moving experience that is felt when we are together. Many of our constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and we know that our volunteers and participants appreciate our commitment to keeping all involved healthy and safe.”
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Wyoming alone, there are more than 10,000 people living with the disease and 28,000 caregivers.
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit: alz.org/walk.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.