The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. I want to thank the many community partners that supported the 2020 Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer’s, exceeded its goal, raising just under $75,000.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing health crisis and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 150,000 in Virginia. 349,000 caregivers provide 521 million hours of unpaid care.

Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we. Despite the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond chapter was able to reach more than 3,567 families in 2020 by transitioning its in-person programs and services to an online format.

Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever. With your help, we will continue to be there for them.

We’re moving forward with plans to host this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in person, but we will continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood. Join us in the fight against this disease at the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 2. Our fundraising goal is $85,000.

To start or join a team, visit alz.org/walk. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

-Beckie Pere, Retention Chair &

Mary Arthur, Recruitment Chair