ROXBURY, NJ – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting all northwest New Jersey 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 lSunday, Sept. 22 at Horseshoe Lake Park, 72 Eyland Ave. in Succasunna.

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.

Participants can complete up to a 1.6-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.

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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 Jenn Sanchez. “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 currently living with Alzheimer's disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States 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 currently 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. 

“Having lived with a family member who had dementia, my father-in-law, I saw first hand how this terrible disease affects both the person who has it as well as family and friends,” said Rebecca Rasmussen, Sr. Branch Office Administrator at Edward Jones in Succasunna. “When I learned that the company I work for, Edward Jones, is the National sponsor and the Northwest NJ Walk is right in the town I work, it was a perfect opportunity for me to get involved.”

Phyllis Chanda, whose mother died on Sept. 16, 2018 from the effects of Alzheimer's, said that she walks “with the hope that there will be medical breakthroughs soon so that other individuals and their families don't have to endure the long journey” that she and her family did.

“There were a lot of really good days; my mom developed a very witty sense of humor; we learned to be very patient,” she said. “It wasn't all bad and sad.”

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.