SUCCASUNNA, NJ Residents of Morris and Essex counties will have an opportunity to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease by participating in upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in Succasunna and West Orange on Sept. 9 and Sept. 29, respectively.

“Every step forward strengthens the Alzheimer’s Association vision of a world without Alzheimer’s,” said Cheryl Ricci-Francione, executive director of Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey. “Every stride forward brings us closer to achieving that goal. Together, we can raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer’s care and support, and advance critical research."

The first walk will take place at Horseshoe Lake Park, 72 Eyland Avenue in Succasunna on Sept. 9, where Morris County Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo and Roxbury Deputy Mayor Bob DeFillippo will speak at the opening ceremony and cut the ribbon at the start of the walk.

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Participants will be invited to complete up to a two-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 will also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

“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 Jenn Sanchez. “Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic. The disease is relentless; but here in New Jersey, so are we.”

The Essex County walk will be held at West Orange’s South Mountain Reservation Complex, located at 9 Cherry Lane, and will begin with the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country 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 453,000 caregivers.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, started in 1989, is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Register a team, 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 other ways to participate and volunteer without walking. Visit the website or call 973-437-3931 to learn how.

Over the next few months, thousands of New Jerseyans will join in this venture who walk in memory of their mothers, fathers, grandparents, and loved ones—more than 2,300 lost last year alone—from Alzheimer’s disease.

They also walk for the men and women living with Alzheimer’s in New Jersey, which includes nearly 180,000 people aged 65 and older, along with the 453,000 caregivers working tirelessly to support them. They walk for the more than 5.7-million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and as many as 16 million who will have the disease by 2050; they walk in search of the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease; they walk in search of a cure; and they walk to be part of the change.

Click HERE to read more about why New Jersey walks for a world without Alzheimer's.