River Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The Alzheimer’s Association — Central Illinois Chapter invites Chillicothe residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the 13th Annual River Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Heritage Manor will be the site of the walk at 10 a.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; prizes will be awarded at 11 a.m.

The River Valley Walk travels each year to Chillicothe, Lacon or Henry.

The walk gives more than 100 participants in the River Valley area a chance to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. 

In addition to the 3-mile walk, each walker will also join in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

Corporate sponsors are Country Financial Representatives, Heritage Manor — Chillicothe, St. Joseph Nursing Home and South Side Bank.

To start or join a team today visit alz.org/illinoiscentral online or by calling the Chapter office at 681-1100 or 800-272-3900. All participants who raise $100 will receive a Walk To End Alzheimer’s T-shirt.

“There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Chillicothe to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Nikki Vulgaris-Rodriguez, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association — Central Illinois Chapter. “Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 210,000 residents of Illinois living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.”

The walk is the nation’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.