Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 7:45pm

The following was submitted by reader Peter Greenman:

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26. This will be the second such walk on Block Island. Last year’s walk, our first, was a major success raising $56,944. We were proud of the fact that this was more than Westerly raised in its first walk in 2018. 

These walks to raise money have been held coast to coast for many years. Walks in Rhode Island are held in Providence, Newport, Westerly, and Block Island. Last year all U.S. walks raised $97 million, with $650,000 of that coming from Rhode Island.

As horrible as our Covid pandemic is, other diseases have been with us for years. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease in spite of ongoing research. More than 5,000,000 people in America have the disease, 54,000 in Rhode Island alone. We have a few cases of dementia on Block Island. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. Last year 122,000 died of the disease in the U.S., 470 in Rhode Island.

The walk this year will be different because of Covid-19. Instead of about 100 walkers walking together, walkers will pick a walk of their own, long or short, and with or without family and friends. This year on Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. visit www.alz.org/ri/walk for a short opening ceremony. At 11 a.m. a drive through will be held at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion parking lot. Alzheimer’s Association employees from Providence will be there presenting a display and mention of local sponsors. Then take the walk you have designed.

So, what can you do? You can register as a walker and make a contribution by visiting Alz.org/ri/walk. Alternatively, there are a number of teams on the island seeking sponsors. You can make a donation directly by calling Sandra Kelly, Jennifer Phillips, or Peter Greenman.

Please consider a nice contribution. We certainly want to exceed last year’s total and do all we can to end this terrible disease.