RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting all Bergen and Passaic County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, to be held locally onon Sunday, Oct. 13 at Overpeck Park, located at 199 Challenger Road in Ridgefield Park.

In addition, funds raised through the Walks to End Alzheimer’s events also help support research and development of new therapies and drugs to treat and ultimately cure Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's participants can complete up to a two-and-a half-mile walk and learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

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“As a volunteer and this year’s Event Chair, I am joining participants of all ages in the fight against the disease at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Caren Weingart. “Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic. The disease is relentless; but here in New Jersey, so are we.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In New Jersey alone, there are more than 180,000 people living with the disease and 450,000 caregivers. 

“Watching my grandmother, my hero, slowly disappear before my eyes was devastating, which lead me to register for my first Walk To End Alzheimer's,” said Aaron DeNicola. “After raising up my promise garden flower—and helping my grandmother to raise her own—during that first walk's opening ceremony, I realized that there was hope in the fight against Alzheimer's and that I could help make the vision of a world without Alzheimer's become a reality.”

Dr. Stephen J. Margulis, MD, who practices in Emerson and is the top individual fundraiser for all of Greater New Jersey, said he walks in the event because he has“seen the way that Alzheimer's disease impacts the lives of entire families; socially, emotionally, medically and financially.” His family team, Team Randy, is also the top fundraising team for the Bergen County walk.

“I walk as a physician because I recognize how little we still know about the causation and treatment of this progressive disorder,” he said. “Moreover, I walk in support of my caring, loving, devoted wife, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She alone provides me with ample motivation." 

Register a team today, sign up as a Team Captain, or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/njwalk. For those unable to join on event day, there are ways to participate, volunteer or donate without walking.

To donate, text 2ENDALZ to 51555 or contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 973-437-3931.