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The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will continue, but instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is inviting participants to walk from home in Las Cruces and surrounding communities, the New Mexico chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association said in a news release.
The Las Cruces Walk from Home will be held Saturday, Oct. 2.
The Las Cruces Walk Committee also has arranged a “drive-up” promise garden from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that same day outside the Alzheimer’s Association office at 141 Roadrunner Parkway in Las Cruces.
A prerecorded opening and promise garden ceremony will be available on a Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app, which can be downloaded directly from the Walk Participant Center (act.alz.org/walklascruces) for registered participants or through the App Store or Google Play. Search for “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”
The app will also enhance the walk from home experience, the association said.
“On walk day, through the app, participants will be able to track their Walk From Home on a route map including an augmented reality start and finish line,” according to the news release. Participants also can watch a prerecorded opening and promise garden ceremony and access an augmented reality promise garden, “where they can select and personalize a flower representing their connection to the disease and plant it among others.”
The mobile app can also be used to track participant’s fundraising progress, deposit check donations, and message team members and donors via text message, email, WhatsApp, and Snapchat.
“To ensure the safety of our walk participants, volunteers and staff, we are encouraging all Las Cruces area residents to participate in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s by walking from home in their community,” said Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter Executive Director Tim Sheahan. “While the recent Delta variant surge is impacting the way we walk, it doesn’t change the reason we walk. More than ever, with the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s began in 1989 and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, which is a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In New Mexico alone, there are more than 43,000 people living with the disease and 85,000 caregivers.
To register for the walk and for more information, call 575-647-3868.
Also visit www.alz.org/newmexico.