Sept. 21: Shelby County Walk to End Alzheimer’s


Shelby County residents are invited to join the Shelby County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 21.

This year the Walk, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, will take place at Flanagan Sports Complex, 650 Riverside Drive, Sidney. Last year, hundreds of residents participated to raise awareness and money for those living with the disease, caregivers and for research.

DiAnne Karas, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, said, “This year I turned 71. Too many of my friends, family and clients have gotten Alzheimer’s before this birthday. I don’t want to be one of them and that is why I walk to end Alzheimer’s.” Edward Jones is a national presenting sponsor for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.

In the Miami Valley, 30,000 people live with the disease and an additional 90,000 people support them as caregivers. Eric VanVlymen, Executive Director of the Miami Valley Chapter and Region 10, said, “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the largest opportunity we have to build awareness about the disease and to let people know about our services and that there is hope. We encourage the community to come out and join the fight. Together we can make a difference.” 

Money raised goes toward Alzheimer’s research, care and support. The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors a monthly caregiver support group in Shelby County that meets at 6 p.m. every third Monday of the month at Sidney First United Methodist Church. The support group is open to the public.

For the Walk, day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10:15 a.m. While at the walk, participants can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter.

The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter serves nine counties, including Shelby County. Nationwide 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.

You can pre-register for the Walk at or call 800.272.3900. 

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s. 

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement or research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Approximately 5.8 million in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Almost 220,000 Ohioans are living with dementia. In the Miami Valley, 30,000 people have dementia and approximately 90,000 people serve as their caregivers. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association call 1.800.272.3900, or visit



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