This Saturday the U.P. Region of the Alzheimer's Association will host the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's in Marquette County.
The walk in Marquette is just one of many held throughout the nation and the Upper Peninsula to raise funds for those living with the disease. The donations from this event help Alzheimer's patients with medical and care taker expenses as well as fund programs and events to service these patients. A portion of the funds also go to research a cure for the disease.
The U.P. Regional director, Ruth Almen, says the funds from the walk go directly to those suffering from the disease in the U.P. Research shows that Alzheimer's remains to be a disease which affects the elderly. "The biggest risk factor for Alzheimer's remains age. We know nationwide, after 65, one in nine of us has Alzheimer's disease and after 85, one in two of us has Alzheimer's disease, so we know around the U.P., we can estimate, based on age, that there are a little over 1400 people with Alzheimer's disease," said Almen.
The Walk to End Alzheimers will begin at the Marquette YMCA at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 28 with registration. The opening ceremony starts at 10 a.m.
To donate to the cause, visit their website at Walk to End Alzheimer's.