Walk to End Alzheimer’s
To the Editor,
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Sunday, September 19th. This will be the third such walk on Block Island. Our first walk in 2019 was a major success raising $56,944. We were proud of the fact that this was more than Westerly raised in its first walk in 2018.
These walks to raise money have been held coast to coast for many years. Walks in Rhode Island were held in Providence, Newport, Westerly and Block Island. Last year all U.S. walks raised $97 million with $650,000 of that coming from our state.
As horrible as our Covid pandemic is, other diseases have been with us for many years. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. More than 5,000,000 people in America have the disease, 54,000 in Rhode Island alone. We have cases on Block Island. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death. Last year, in the U.S., 122,000 died of this disease.
So, what can you do? You can register as a walker and make a contribution online at ALZ.org/RI/walk. Alternatively there are a number of teams on the island seeking sponsors. You can contact Sandra Kelly, Jennifer Phillips, Diane Hayde, or Peter Greenman.
Please consider making a contribution. Join us Sunday at Fred Benson Town Beach. Registration starts at 10 a.m. followed by a brief ceremony at 11 and the 2-mile walk begins at 11.
The Block Island Walk will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. We will continue to closely monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local guidelines to ensure walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees.