[FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JAN. 18] – Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes is excited to serve as the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s honorary chair in Northeast Tarrant County. He joins Dave Parks of Home Care Assistance (www.HomeCareAssistanceFortWorth.com) who will serve as event chair.
“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s supports a cause that is near to my heart,” Fickes said. “I have seen how this relentless disease can destroy people and tear families apart. The Walk, along with Empowering Seniors, are great events that support our community.”
The Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Walk participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with a poignant Promise Garden ceremony.
Parks has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association for more than two years, and is honored to serve as this year’s Walk event chair in Northeast Tarrant County. Parks said he is honored to serve as chair and excited to work with this year’s committee and Commissioner Fickes. According to the Association, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, however, an early and accurate diagnosis could save up to $7.9 trillion in medical and care costs.
The Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 at Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas. More than 1,000 people from Northeast Tarrant County and surrounding areas are expected at this year’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
In Texas alone, nearly 400,000 people age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends in the United States provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of 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. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.