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Walk to End Alzheimer's

June 10, 2017, is a special day for Pittsburg citizens, it is a day to recognize Alzheimer's and walk for a cure. The event is held at different times and days depending on the town it is held in, more than 600 communities nationwide and is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research, care and support. The event is put on by the Alzheimer's Association which provides care and support to all those facing Alzheimer's, drives research toward treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure and speaks for the needs and rights of people affected by Alzheimer's. The use of funds is broken down into three categories Alzheimer's care, support, research, awareness and advocacy which is 79% of the funds, fundraising which is 15% and Administrative wich is 6%. 

Once registered for the event participants can access tools to support them while raising money. There are three steps to register which include finding a walk in your community, register as a team captain, member or individual then start fundraising and raising awareness. The walk began in 1989 with nine Alzheimer's association chapters raising $149,000 from 1,249 participants from there the numbers only grew in 1993 they raised $4.5 million in 167 communities. Twenty-two years later in 2015, the Alzheimer's Association raised $75 million and there were over 600 Walks across the country. Registration is done online at the Alzheimer's Association page there is no registration fee instead the association asks that participants make a personal donation if participants raise over $100 they receive an official t-shirt. On walk day whether there is rain or shine we walk on but, if there is severe weather there is a helpline at (800) 272-3900. For Pittsburg Walk, they are allowing strollers but discourage skateboards, bicycles and wheelie footwear but will allow dogs if they are well behaved and have a leash on at all times.

As of May 24, 2017, the Pittsburg Walk to End Alzheimer's has 12 teams and 68 participants and the community as raised $17,545.13 which is exactly 50% of our goal. We are asking the local community to help us fund the cause by donating $1 to help find a cure for Alzheimer's. If you would like to donate today you can donate to our team by going to act.alz.org/goto/comfortcarehomes and scroll to the bottom of the page where it says Donate to the Team and after clicking there you can enter your amount and donate. The other way of donating would be going to the Pittsburg Walk page on the act.alz.org/walk and find your walk. Every little bit helps to support those with Alzheimer's by providing financial needs for research, care, and support. 

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