Alzheimer’s group to stage walk

MARQUETTE – The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter will host its annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Sept. 24 at the Jacobetti Complex in Marquette.

Registration for the 2-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. ceremony and 10:30 a.m. start.

The chapter will host additional walks throughout the state through Oct. 1.

More than 600 communities in the nation take part in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” which is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Registration is required and while there is no participation fee, those involved are encouraged to fundraise for the organization and bring attention to the cause. For those raising funds, the nonprofit will provide tools, including webinars, to help them seek out donations.

On Walk day, participants who have raised more than $100 will receive a T-shirt and all registrants will receive a wristband with a Promise Garden flower.

Flowers come in four colors to represent the individual’s connection to the disease: blue for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, purple for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease, yellow for supporters and caregivers and orange for anyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

To donate, visit act.alz.org/walk, select a location then chose an individual or team to support, or the cause in general. All contributions are tax deductible.

The event will take place rain or shine.