The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, by participating in the upcoming 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) - the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Today we say thank you to Craig Clinton. Craig, a resident of Nutley, is participating, with his family, in the Essex-Hudson-Union Walk To End Alzheimer’s taking place everywhere on September 26. This is his second year walking and because of his enthusiastic fundraising effort, he has already achieved Grand Champion Level status and expects to be an Elite Grand Champion by the time fundraising ends on December 31!

“I walk to honor my dad who passed away last January from Alzheimer’s-related causes,” says Craig. “I’m still going to walk for years to come because we need to find a cure for this horrible disease and taking part in the walk also helps keep his memory alive.” He adds, “I feel like taking part in the walk helps raise my mom’s spirits. She was my father’s main caretaker and it took a big toll on her. My brother, my sister and I helped, but mom lived with him and dealt with him 24/7. It was also the first time that I included my children in a fundraising event. I want to instill in them, while they’re young, that giving back should be a consistent part of their life.” 

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 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 190,000 people living with the disease and 448,000 caregivers. 

Register your team today. Sign up as a Team Captain or register to walk as an individual. Learn more at alz.org/njwalk. To donate, text 2ENDALZ to 51555, or contact us at gnjwalks@alz.org for more information.