Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Oct. 20 in Eagle; registration open now | VailDaily.com

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Oct. 20 in Eagle; registration open now

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EAGLE — The Alzheimer's Association is inviting Vail Valley residents and visitors to join the fight to end Alzheimer's by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Brush Creek Park Pavilion in Eagle.

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's participants will complete a 2-mile walk and will 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 the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

"This is our first annual Walk to end Alzheimer's in Vail Valley, and Edward Jones is the presenting sponsor," said Chuck Smallwood, event chair. "If you're in the area, please join us on what is sure to be an inspiring and fun day. This disease has taken the futures away from too many families, and I believe our community can really make a difference. I walk in honor of my mother, Grace Smallwood."

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer's and other dementias in the United States. In Colorado alone, there are more than 71,000 people living with the disease and more than a quarter of a million caregivers.

Sign up as a team captain, join a team, or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact Kate Dochelli at 303-813-1669, ext. 267, or kdochelli@alz.org to learn more about the opportunities available.