Dunkirk Walk To End Alzheimer’s Planned For Oct. 1

The Dunkirk Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at Point Gratiot Park on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Online registration is available now at alz.org/WNY. On-site registration and check-in, basket and 50/50 giveaways and refreshments will be available from 9-10 a.m. with a brief opening ceremony to launch the walk at 10.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Across Western New York, there are six such walks organized by the local association chapter. Participants raise money through various means including asking family, friends and co-workers for support, donating the proceeds for creative fundraisers such as “Casual for a Cause” days in the workplace and lemonade stands.

Jake Oberg, 11, has been taking part since before he could walk.

“My grandpa died of Alzheimer’s … and I walk with my mom because I don’t think anyone else should lose their grandpa to this disease,” Jake said. The youth has raised more than $7,000 with a lemonade stand and baked goods sale to support his walk team, which has also earned him some special incentives.

In addition to fundraising participants, the walks rely on hundreds of volunteers and the support of corporate sponsors.

“Eighty-five percent of residents in skilled care facilities exhibit at least some form of dementia including Alzheimer’s,” said Anna Bojarczuk-Foy, Elderwood’s director of business development. “Understanding first-hand the personal and health care ramifications of dementia, Elderwood has a long-standing history of supporting the Alzheimer’s Association through its Walk to end this disease. Finding a cure is one of the single most important goals in extending and improving the lives of the elderly in our communities.”

Additional corporate sponsors include Cellino and Barnes, WDCX Radio and Tim Hortons. The Dunkirk Walk is also made possible by the support of Fredonia Place and Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Walks are also planned in Olean, Buffalo, Batavia, Lewiston and Warsaw throughout the months of September and October. For more information or to register, visit alz.org/WNY or call 800-272-3900.