The Hannibal Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday, September 15th at 9:30 a.m. at the Admiral Coontz Armory.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory and behavior, and it effects more than 5 million people in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association,
The walk will travel through Hannibal’s Sodalis Nature Preserve and this year’s walk will feature a memory garden for participants to experience and learn more about memory and overall health.
James O’Donnell Funeral Home is helping sponsor the walk and the cause is close to Funeral Director Jimmy O’Donnell, who says his grandmother Lucille showed early signs of Alzheimer’s,
O’Donnell’s grandmother died earlier this year and he says hopes the walk tomorrow can help families know they are not alone.
"Maybe this can spark something in their own family and have a conversation with grandma, grandpa, mom and dad share those memories keep them alive and bring awareness to Alzheimer’s," O’Donnell said.
Walk Manager Stephanie Orf says there will be health booths available for people to learn more about Alzheimer’s.
"We really want to get the awareness out there and let people know that it is here in your community and you can come out and talk about it," Orf said.
Orf added it is free to join the walk but they ask people to stop by the registration booth which opens at 8 a.m. at the Admiral Coontz Armory. An opening is will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m.
For a donation of $50, participants can personalize the memory garden with the name of a team, a family name, or the name of a loved one. For a $100 donation, participants can keep their sign.
For more information on the memory garden sign contact James O’Donnell Funeral Home at 573-221-8188 or visit www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.