Dog owners raise money in their dogs’ names up until the walk. They can ask friends for donations or hold other fundraising events in addition to their personal contributions.
On the day of the walk, the owners bring their dogs to the event. The dog that raises the most money toward defeating Alzheimer’s disease will be named Top Dog of 2011 and win a grand prize basket of dog-care items.
“I have enjoyed participating in the Top Dog Walk over the years,” said Clemente Aquino, vice president of rehab practice standards for Life Care Centers of America. “Of course, my dog never walks, but rather sprints around the track. It is a great day for both our community members and our canine friends.”
This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Oct. 1, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at Cleveland High School on Raider Drive.
The opening ceremony will start at 10 a.m. with the 1.5-mile walk commencing soon thereafter, starting at the Cleveland High School track and continuing down the Greenway.
The event was formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk. The name was changed this year to reflect the urgency of defeating this disease, now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Alzheimer’s disease not only robs the individual of his or her memories; it also impacts the sufferer’s family and caregivers emotionally and financially. With the aging baby boomer population, Alzheimer’s disease is forecast to become even more costly in both areas unless a cure is found.
For more information about the Top Dog contest or the walk in general, call Lindsay Tunnell at 473-6119.