Walk To End Alzheimer’s To Be In Person This Fall
The Alzheimer’s Association is moving forward with plans to host the 2021 Santa Barbara Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in person on Saturday, Nov. 6.
According to the association, the health and safety of all participants remains the top priority as decisions are being made in all walk markets regarding event details.
“It has been a time of isolation for many of our families, and I know this year’s Walk will truly be a celebration of being able to gather again for a cause we all believe in: a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia,” said Sonya Branco, director of development for the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter.
In addition to planning the in-person event, the Alzheimer’s Association will continue to offer options to participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s online and in your neighborhood.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s was recently ranked as the second largest fundraising event in the country by total revenue, as announced by the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum in their top 30 rankings of 2020.
Despite the changes to this event due to the pandemic, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised more than $67 million last year in more than 600 participating communities across the country. The Santa Barbara Walk raised $168,986 of that total. The money raised by Walk funds Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
The 2021 Santa Barbara Walk planning committee is led by local volunteers who are passionate about connecting with their community to support the cause.
“I serve on the committee because I see the increasing number of families that are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, and I want to be part of the solution to raise funds to find a cure and support caregivers and families,” said Pam Bigelow, assisted living sales specialist of Covenant Living at the Samarkand.
“I have been a part of the Walk over the past 20 plus years and I look forward to getting back together to connect with each other and support one another,” Bigelow said.
The planning committee is still seeking compassionate and caring volunteers to play a leadership role in this year’s Santa Barbara Walk to End Alzheimer’s. To join the committee or to be part of this event, visit act.alz.org/santabarbara.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. The California Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. For more information, visit alz.org/CaCentralCoast or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.