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Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held Oct. 1 at Capitol


The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in Des Moines at the Capitol on Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the Walk kicks-off at 9 a.m. On walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with Promise Garden flowers, which signify solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers – purple, yellow, blue and orange – represent the different reasons why people walk to end this disease.  “The Walk is so important because an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can feel so isolating,” said Chantelle Cadek, a volunteer committee member for the event. “When you’re in the crowd of a thousand people that are facing the same challenges you are, you know you’re not alone.” This year, the Alzheimer’s Association has a goal of raising $500,000 at the Des Moines Walk. Last year, $250,000 was raised, and so far this year $140,000 has been raised. The money will help the association provide care and support to families in Iowa, while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and ultimately a cure. To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk.

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