(WNY News Now) – The Alzheimer’s Association calls upon Cattaraugus and Allegany County residents to unite in the fight against Alzheimer’s at the 2023 Southern Tier Walk to End Alzheimer’s, scheduled for September 23 at Jamestown Community College in Olean. This event, the world’s largest dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support, and research, begins with registration at 10 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony and walk at 11 a.m.
Olean – Lynn Westcott, senior director of development at the WNY Chapter, stated, “We’re closer than ever to stopping Alzheimer’s.” Westcott hopes the community will rally to raise awareness and funds for families battling the disease and contribute to ongoing research.
Alzheimer’s affects over 6 million Americans, ranking as a leading cause of death. In New York, more than 410,000 individuals grapple with the disease, supported by 546,000 caregivers.
One standout fundraising team, “Titanium Teachers,” founded in 2015 by retired teacher Lisa Gunning, has raised over $50,000. Inspired by her father’s dementia diagnosis, Gunning sought to ease the burdens faced by families affected by Alzheimer’s.
The Walk includes the poignant Promise Garden ceremony, symbolizing solidarity against Alzheimer’s. Participants carry flowers representing personal connections to the disease.
Funds generated from the Walk support free programs and services, along with vital research and advocacy efforts. Uniland sponsors this year’s WNY Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
To register and stay updated on the Southern Tier Walk, visit act.alz.org/SouthernTier. Join the cause and help end Alzheimer’s.