More than 500 participants are expected to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Cadman Plaza Park on Sunday, September 23.
WFAN’s Maggie Gray, the co-host of “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Maggie and Bart,” will emcee the event. Also in attendance will be Chef Madison Cowan, a Brooklyn resident and the first ever grand champion of the Food Network’s Chopped. Cowan, who first learned about Alzheimer’s disease when his his late father developed the condition, has been advocating globally on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association in its quest to cure the dementia related disease.
“It is with pride I walk in honor of my mom, dad, father in-law, my daughter’s nan and the more than 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, in the United States and all those across the world,” said Cowan. “As a chef, I absolutely cherish moments around the table with loved ones – moments I never want to lose, which is why I’ve joined the Alzheimer’s Association and the millions of advocates in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”
The program will kick off at 10:45am with a host of family friendly activities like a photo booth and dedicated kid zone. The walk will then begin at 11:15am.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading of cause of death in the United States. One in three seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or another dementia; the disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
According the New York State Health Department, there are currently 400,000 New Yorkers with Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is expected to grow. By 2025, 460,000 New Yorkers aged 65 and older will be living with this disease – a 15 percent increase.
Early and accurate diagnosis helps to provide significant medical, emotional and social benefits and facilitating participation in important clinical trials, early diagnosis enables individuals to prepare legal, financial and end-of-life plans while they are still cognitively able to make decisions and share their wishes.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Participants on Sunday will learn more about the disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, support programs and services.
To register for the walk, go here.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
When: Sunday, September 23, 10:45am
Where: Cadman Plaza Park, Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY 11201