Teams form for Sept. 22 Alzheimer’s walk in Utica

Masonic Care Community in Utica will once again host the Alzheimer’s Association Walk To End Alzheimer’s presented by the MetLife Foundation. The event, which unites communities nationwide in a movement to reclaim the future for millions, is Saturday, Sept. 22. Nearly 500 people from the Mohawk Valley area are expected at the event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

You can start or join a team at or 800-272-3900.

The MetLife Foundation is the presenting sponsor for the 2012 event and, as part of its sponsorship, receives exclusive naming rights to the event. The foundation serves as the international financial services company’s charitable giving arm. Alzheimer’s disease research and increasing public awareness and understanding of the disease is one of the foundation’s main focuses.

Walkers will participate in a three-mile walk that winds through the community and will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association. Each walker will also join in a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On-site registration is 8:30 a.m. and the Walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Central New York Chapter will conduct five other Walk To End Alzheimer’s events: Aug. 18 in Sackets Harbor, Sept. 16 in Canton, Sept. 23 in Binghamton, Sept. 29 in Syracuse and Sept. 30 in Ithaca.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is billed as 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 the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

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