Date set for 5th Annual Chatham County Alzheimer’s Walk and 5K Run

alzeimersrunPittsboro, NC – The 5th Annual Chatham County Alzheimer’s Walk and 5K Run will be held Saturday, September 12, at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro. This year’s event has something for the whole family, including a new Fun Run for children ages 4-11. Among other activities are a resource fair, music, and food vendors. Pre-registration is now open. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on event day, with the Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. and the 5K Run and Walk at 8:30 a.m.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Walks held around the state offer a chance for caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia to connect with resources in their community and find support from one another. They also raise much-needed funding.

“Funds raised from events like these allow us to continue our programs and services to families in North Carolina while focusing attention on the needs of the more than 175,000 North Carolinians diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” says Alice Watkins, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s NC.  An estimated 5.4 million Americans have the disease at an annual cost of more than $200 billion in lost wages, insurance, productivity, and other areas.

To register for the run or walk, please visit www.gallowayridge.com. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Pat Richardson at (919) 642-6893.

Alzheimer’s North Carolina provides education, programs and services, advocacy, emergency respite, and research funding for cause, prevention, treatment, and cure.  For information and assistance if you are dealing with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, call Alzheimers North Carolina at (919) 832-3732 or visit the website at  www.alznc.org.