Get out your walking shoes, Alzheimer’s Walk nearing

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Dr. Johnita Darton says it time to dust off those walking shoes at the back of the closet and head outside for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“Being the spokesperson for The Alzheimer’s Walk has been one of the highlights of my career, shedding light on a disease that touches so many people,” Darton said. “It is a disease that I discuss often with my patients and their families. Many people and companies actually approach us to be a part of this annual fund raiser, making my ‘job’ easy.”

She said the 2-mile walk helps continue to generate awareness and the funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

“We hope to raise as much money as possible,” she added. “The more money we get, the closer we get to finding a cure and better treatment options.”

The event take place on Sat., Sept. 28, at Roger Williams Ball Park at Weatherford College. Registration starts at 8 a.m. followed by an 8:30 a.m. ceremony and the walk at 9 a.m. Participants can register online at www.alz.org/northcentraltexas or call 800-272-3900.

Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter, the organization says Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 5.4 million people in the U.S. currently have the disease and by the year 2050, it is estimated that more than 16 million people will have Alzheimer’s.

Darton said she’s hoping for good weather this year.

“I believe we will have more walkers than last year, which may not be too difficult since it rained last year,” she added. “I encourage all adults to become more informed about Alzheimer's, signs, symptoms and treatments.”

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