The annual Champlain Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Sept. 16 with its start and finish at Shelburne Museum.
Along with many local community members involved, Charlotte resident Kelly Devine is the event’s volunteer chair this year.
The two-mile walk through Shelburne Museum attracts hundreds of participants who raise awareness and money to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its work for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
This year’s goal is $305,000, said Jane Mitchell, association development director, adding that organizers also anticipate approximately 2,000 people to take part. Participants carry colored pinwheel “flowers” to support those they know impacted by the disease.
Pre-registration is encouraged, although on-site registration is available from 9-11 a.m. The opening ceremony is at 11 a.m. and the event is rain or shine. Registration is free; participants raising $100 or more receive a commemorative t-shirt. Participants may register individually or as teams. Details online at alz.org/walk or call 316-3839; volunteer opportunities are available too.
Participants may remain at the museum after the event for free.
The association estimates that roughly 13,000 Vermonters suffer with Alzheimer’s and another 30,000 are caregivers for a loved one with the incurable disease.