Nearly 500 people have already signed up to participate in the Santa Clarita Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an Oct. 7 fundraiser that offers participants an opportunity to take a healthy stroll, experience outstanding live entertainment, honor loved ones who have been affected by Alzheimer’s and raise funds to battle the debilitating disease.
“We’ve had an amazing response so far with hundreds of people signing up and making donations,” said SCV Walk Chairman Rick Ferrante, founder and president of Home Care Services Santa Clarita, a major supporter of the event. “We’re getting close to our goal of 600 walkers, so we’re encouraging the entire community to sign up and join us in the fight against Alzheimer’s.”
The Santa Clarita Walk to End Alzheimer’s, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, is scheduled 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 7, at Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane in Valencia. Signup information and more details can be found at www.act.alz.org/scv and on the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1300835523327310/.
“The walk is designed for everyone to be able to participate,” Ferrante said. “It’s about 2 miles, so it’s more of a ‘healthy stroll.’”
Before the walk, participants can enjoy exhibits, entertainment and snacks for the whole family, including:
• An amazing kids’ zone with characters, a magician, crafts and reading
• Free ice cream truck
• Local performers, a nationally renowned professional dance company and famous emcee Barrie Eget
• A free drawing for fabulous giveaways
• A silent auction for Caribbean vacations
Those who generate the greatest support for the battle against Alzheimer’s will be treated to the special AlzStars Section for the 50 highest fundraisers, which will include a free hot breakfast and chair massages.
“We’ll also have lots of information about Alzheimer’s, ways to find support for your loved ones if they are affected by Alzheimer’s, and details on how you can help find a cure,” Ferrante said. “We’re looking forward to a tremendous crowd and a day of friendship and camaraderie in pursuit of a common cause: Bringing an end to a debilitating disease that has become the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.”
For general information about the walk, sponsorships and vendor inquiries, contact SCV Walk Chairman Rick Ferrante at email@example.com or Brian Welch of the Alzheimer’s Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.