Walks to raise awareness

Published 7:27 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On Saturday, you may see many people in town wearing gold or purple clothes. That is because there will be two walks to raise different health awareness this Saturday. The Second Annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk will take start at Sweetland Amphitheatre at 8 a.m. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s starts at walking at Vernon Woods Retirement Community at 9:30 a. m, but registration begins at 8 a.m.

A total of 5.5 Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

The Walk for Alzheimer’s raises funds for care, support and research for the Alzheimer’s Association. Not only does this help the association, but it also brings visitors to Vernon Woods, thus raising awareness of the retirement home to the community.

The Childhood Cancer Walk is also free and is held to bring awareness and support families of children suffering from cancer.

Every day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer, according to CureSearch, a nonprofit organization that focuses on curing children’s cancer.

The children’s cancer walk will start at the amphitheater, head to Lafayette Parkway by the main square and then to Ridley Avenue for three laps. The event will not raise money, but is a way to bring people together in honor of a cause. Whether you go to one or both, we hope you enjoy the walks and remember why you’re there. It is going to be a meaningful day.