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The Alzheimer's Association is hosting a Cherokee County Walk to End Alzheimer's Oct. 23.

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting its first in-person Walk to End Alzheimer's in Cherokee County Oct. 23 at Etowah River Park in Canton.

The association's 2020 event was virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The event starts at 8 a.m., with a ceremony at 9 a.m. Participants are invited to walk when they are ready.

On walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with a Promise Garden ceremony, which signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.

The Cherokee County walk will implement COVID-19 safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Organizers say they will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local guidelines.

Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

“This year’s event has been two years in the making”, said Nathan Brandon, logistics chair for the event. "Our Cherokee County community is responding in a fantastic way by raising over $71,000 so far for a disease that has robbed many of us of our loved ones."

More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In Georgia alone, there are more than 150,000 people living with the disease and 334,000 caregivers. 

Etowah River Park is located at 600 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton. To register or for more information, visit alz.org/walk.

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