POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s, New Jersey’s largest fundraising event to support families and individuals impacted by the disease, returns to Point Pleasant Beach Saturday, Sept. 25.
Community members from near and far are encouraged to join the fight and come out and enjoy music, refreshments, door prizes and a two-and-a-half mile walk along Ocean Avenue and the Boardwalk.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Arnold and Baltimore avenues. The opening ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the annual walk will officially get underway at 10 a.m. To register for the annual Southern Regional Walk visit https://www.alznj.org/
“It impacts so many people in New Jersey and especially in Ocean County so it is a very important event for us and honestly for the people who are impacted by Alzheimer’s, not only people who unfortunately have the disease, but for their family members as well,” Ken Zaentz, president and CEO of Alzheimer’s New Jersey, told The Ocean Star. “It’ll be two years since we were last in Point Pleasant Beach so we are excited about being back in person at the end of this month.”
According to the Alzheimer’s New Jersey website, “68 [percent] of New Jersey residents say they know someone who has or had Alzheimer’s and today, over 600,000 New Jersey residents have Alzheimer’s or are caring for someone with the disease.”
One hundred percent of the funds raised will go toward supporting multiple programs the organization provides, such as care consultations, family support groups, community education programs, the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Helpline, the Respite Care and Wellness Program, the Always Safe Initiative, the Clinical Trial Connections program and more.
According to Mr. Zaentz, Alzheimer’s New Jersey safely held two in-person walks this past May and leaders are looking forward to several additional walks following the Southern Regional Walk scheduled for October.
“Not only does it raise funds that support our programs and services, but there’s also the opportunity for people to connect,” Mr. Zaentz said.
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