Walk for a world without Alzheimer’s

Photo Courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association

Kat Shuman

More than 5,000,000 Americans are living with this disease.

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops this disease.

This disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

500,000 people are dying annually because of this disease.

(Statistics provided by the Alzheimer’s Association).

Alzheimer’s is one of the most under-recognized disease’s of our time, which is why the Alzheimer’s Association (Statesboro Region) is walking to end Alzheimer’s.

Casey Corley, director of Constituent Events for the Georgia Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association explains why she became involved in the Alzheimer’s Association.

“My grandfather passed away from the disease. He used to run a service station in Denmark. It was crazy to see how the disease changed his personality,” Corley said.

On Oct. 10, the Statesboro community will band together at Bulloch Academy in a walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

Registration for the walk is free. Corley encourages student organizations and students of Georgia Southern to join the walk. Organizations and individuals can register at www.georgiawalk.org or call 800-272-3900.

This year, the Statesboro Region aims to collect $80,000. They have already collected $55,000.

“This is a great time to see our community unite,” Corley said. “Families, clubs and churches all come together in honor and memory of their loved ones who battle(d) Alzheimer’s.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. There will be popcorn, face painting and music at the walk. The hashtag for the event is #ENDALZ.

The money raised by the Alzheimer’s Association will help fund programs such as a Helpline, Care Consultation, Support Groups, MedicAlert/ Safe Return, Family Education, Professional Education, TrialMatch, Arts for Alzheimer’s and Resource Library and Website.

More information about the services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association can be found on their website, www.alz.org/georgia.