Alzheimer’s Association steps up new virtual walk

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Out of a concern for the safety of its dedicated team members, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, originally scheduled for Sept. 19 at Lynchburg town square, will not be a large in-person gathering this year, according to Sarah McCarthy, communications director for the Tennessee chapter.

“Instead, the Alzheimer’s Association is inviting the Lynchburg and Tullahoma communities to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in your community do the same. Because no matter where participants are walking, we’re all still working toward the same thing-a world without Alzheimer’s and all dementia.”

The Alzheimer’s Association has created an experience that captures everything the community loves about Walk —plus fun new surprises, including:

●Colorful flags sent to participants to show their commitment to the cause. Display them in yards or windows,and carry them with you on Walk day!

●An opening ceremony that you can watch online before walking on your local sidewalk, track or trail.

●An updated Walk app with new features so you can track your steps and hear messages of support as you walk.

●Walk Main Stage, a virtual experience where you can visit sponsor booths, connect with other participants, top fundraisers and VIPs and learn about Association resources.

●A view-only Promise Garden at the Jack Daniels Welcome Center, available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 19. Additionally, Jack Daniels will join the Alzheimer’s Association’s Tennessee Chapter as a 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® local presenting sponsor in Lynchburg.

“The Alzheimer’s Association continues to provide valuable support services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, while also supporting critically needed research,” said Larry Combs, senior vice president and general manager of Jack Daniels.

“We are aware of the dramatic impact Alzheimer’s has on individuals, families and companies, especially during this uncertain time, which is why we are committed to supporting the Alzheimer’sAssociation’s mission to serve all Tennesseans impacted by this disease.”

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, which makes it now the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and all other dementias.

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s or to register to participate in the 2020 Walk, visit alz.org/walk.

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