EUREKA, Calif. - The second annual Humboldt County Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place this Saturday, Oct. 14 at Halvorsen Park in Eureka.
Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., and is free. Saturday and opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m.
There is no fee to register a team and no limit to the number of people you can have on your team. There will be two walks available, a 1-mile route and a 3-mile route.
Organizers said leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome.
"Alzheimer's is a disease with no treatment and no cure," Alzheimer's Association special events manager Kim Coelho said. "With 10,000 people a day turning 65 for the next 20 years, we are facing a rapidly increasing population of Alzheimer's patients and we are in no way prepared to care for this rapidly increasing population."
Coelho added that researchers and clinicians are calling Alzheimer's the next western pandemic.
The event is being held in over 600 communities nationwide in order to promote awareness about the disease and to raise funds. Money will go toward research and care for Alzheimer's patients. Funds raised will come from sponsored booths, which so far include 13 local sources, ranging from platinum to bronze.
"Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the nation," Coelho said. "Between 2000 and 2014, the number of deaths from Alzheimer's increased by 89 percent. 1,000 a day are now being diagnosed with the disease."
She added, "We have to start talking about this disease. It reminds me of the 1950s and peoples' fear talking about cancer. Alzheimer's has to become part of our community dialogue."
You can register today at: http://act.alz.org/Humboldt2017 or text "ALZWALK" to 51555.