The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America plans to hold a nationwide virtual Alzheimer’s walk, which kicks off Saturday, Oct. 30, and runs throughout November, which is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Individuals can get involved in the virtual walk by visiting afawalk.com or calling AFA at 866-232-8484.

“This virtual walk allows individuals across the country to come together for a common purpose — to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said AFA president & CEO Charles Fuschillo Jr., according to a news release from the foundation. “The goal is to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and funds to further the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in their communities. We invite everyone to get involved. Every step counts.”

Individuals can walk from wherever they are, at their own pace, for however long they would like. Or they can organize their own teams and encourage others to “walk” with them and raise funds. Participants will be able to track their progress on their page as they walk, and invite others to support them.

Proceeds raised through the walk will go to support AFA’s programs and services to help families impacted by Alzheimer’s, including free daily virtual activity programming, AFA’s helpline, support groups, and educational initiatives. Proceeds will also go towards research for a cure.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one in the top 10 without a cure or reversible treatment. More than 6.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that number could grow to 13.8 million by 2060.

 

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