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Medina will host Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 28

Staff Reports Posted 2 September 2019 at 9:14 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: More than 100 people walked 2 miles on Oct. 13, 2018, including a stretch along the Erie Canal, to raise funds to support people battling Alzheimer’s.

MEDINA – The village will host a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Sept. 28 at State Street Park.

More than 100 people are expected for the family-friendly program at 343 East Center Street.

Last year the walk in Medina raised about $24,000 for the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event includes local vendors, refreshments, photo opportunities and a Promise Garden.

The garden is filled with bright pinwheel flowers in colors that represent reasons people walk: purple to honor someone they lost to dementia, yellow for care partners, blue to honor those living with dementia and orange to show general support of efforts to end Alzheimer’s disease. The flowers are given to each registered participant who can then personalize them and carry them as they walk or plant them in the garden.

The event site opens at 9 a.m. with access to vendors, entertainment, food and fun. A short opening ceremony at 10:05 a.m. will be emceed by Randy Bushover, a Medina native and radio host on WBEN-AM in Buffalo.

In New York State, about 400,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Another 1.2 million people, usually family or friends, provide some kind of care for them. And at this moment, the disease cannot be prevented or slowed and it is, without exception, fatal, said the Alzheimer’s Association.

But there is hope for the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease through the research funding efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, the group said.

The WNY chapter has fund-raising walks and events scheduled, including: Sept. 14 in Buffalo, Sept. 21 in Batavia and Dunkirk, Sept. 28 in Allegany and Medina, and on Oct. 5 in Lewiston. For more information, click here.

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