Consider yourself blessed if you can read this article. If you were a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease, you probably couldn’t. If you were a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, you probably wouldn’t have time. Nearly 200,000 Georgians suffer with this dreaded disease. And nearly 350,000 others are affected by it through their roles as family caregivers. The purpose of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, is to lighten the burden of care giving through personalized support, education and training, as well as contributions to research for the prevention, cure and treatment of the disease.
Saturday, October 4th is your opportunity to aid in fighting this disease by participating in the Southern Crescent Memory Walk in Peachtree City. Participants come from six adjacent counties: Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, South Fulton and Spalding. Last year nearly $220,000 was raised to combat this disabling disease. Since the Walk’s beginnings in 2000, nearly $1,300,000 has been raised! The Co-Chairs for the Walk are Iola Snow and Fred Brown.
Registration for the 5K (3.2 miles) walk along the city’s cart paths is from 8:00 – 9:30 AM in the parking lot of the Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater. Come as a member of a team, family group, neighbors, friends, or by yourself….just come and make a donation. Over 1000 people participate. Dogs are welcomed, too. A free continental breakfast is available upon your arrival. Face painting and balloons sculptures will be provided by the Clowns of New Hope Baptist Church. Music is provided by the Peachtree Jazz Edition. A balloon release with a personalized tag attached is scheduled just before the walkers depart. But first, you must “warm up” with the assistance of World Gym trainers. Runners depart at 9:15 AM while walkers leave at 9:30 AM. Watering stations are located along the walking route. Golf carts are stationed at various locations to transport you back to the parking lot if the need arises.
Upon your return, enjoy a free hot dog or hamburger lunch courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City. Visit several of the sponsor tables to see what they have to offer. And don’t forget to stick around for some spectacular prize drawings. Make it a family function by joining in on the fun and please make a meaningful donation to help those in need.
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