08/09/2009 7:11 AM
Vowing to strike out Alzheimer’s disease, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter and the Brooklyn Cyclones to announce the borough’s first ever Memory Walk – a one-mile walk around the warning track at KeySpan Park on Sunday, August 9th to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Sponsored by the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Walk is an annual event that takes place every October in Riverside Park in Manhattan. But this year, in response to the interest and enthusiasm from Brooklyn’s Alzheimer’s community, the Chapter added a second Memory Walk and is bringing the event to the borough for the first time.
Brooklyn’s Memory Walk will take place on Sunday August 9th at KeySpan Park prior to the Cyclone’s game against the Jamestown Jammers. Onsite registration will begin at 2:00pm; the Walk will begin at 3:30 PM; and the game at 5:00pm. The event will raise money for vital programs and services offered by the Chapter, as well as for important research for better treatments and a possible cure.
Borough President Markowitz said, “We’ve all seen the way Alzheimer’s disease gradually strips people of their memory, their dignity and their ability to live a normal life. Someday soon, when we’ve found a way to fight this dreaded disease, the annual Memory Walk will be a victory lap—the kind that baseball players take when they knock one out of the park. Until then, you can bet that here in Brooklyn, we’ll keep walking and we’ll never take our eyes off the ball.” The Borough President issued a proclamation declaring August 9th as Memory Walk Day in Brooklyn. In addition, he noted that on August 9th, Brooklyn Borough Hall will be illuminated in purple – the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association – in honor of Memory Walk.
Lou-Ellen Barkan, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, reminded New Yorkers about an important fact: “Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate,” she said. “It will touch the lives of as many Brooklynites as Bronxites. By the year 2050, more than 20 percent of all New Yorkers will either have the disease or will be taking care of someone who does. If we do not find a cure or treatment, Alzheimer’s will be the biggest health care crisis of the 21st Century. “We are deeply grateful to Borough President Markowitz and the Brooklyn Cyclones for supporting our efforts. This great partnership will bring Memory Walk and Alzheimer’s to the attention of thousands of people whose lives some day will undoubtedly be touched by the disease. We look forward to a fantastic turnout on August 9th at KeySpan Park. The event is sure to be a grand slam success,” Barkan added.
Steve Cohen, General Manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, said,” The Cyclones are proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, and excited that our team and our ballpark will play a role in Memory Walk on August 9th. Brooklyn fans are vigorous in their loyalty and support of our team, and we expect that they will lend that same passion to a truly worthy cause.”
Every 70 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is an age-related, progressive, irreversible brain disorder that develops gradually and results in memory loss, behavior and personality changes, and a decline in the ability to think, make decisions, communicate, or do even the simplest and most familiar activities. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of getting older. The disease generally strikes between the age of 70 and 80, but can occur in people as young as 30. On average, people with Alzheimer’s live for 8 to 10 years after they are diagnosed, though the disease can last for up to 20 years. There is no known cure.
Services available from the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter include:
- A 24-hour Helpline 1-800-272-3900 or email@example.com
- Support groups for family caregivers and people in the early stage of the disease
- Educational meetings and Legal and Financial Seminars for caregivers
- The MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® program – a nationwide alert program, run in conjunction with police departments across the nation to help find people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia who wander and get lost, locally or far from home
To register for Memory Walk, visit www.alznyc.org/memorywalk
or call the Memory Walk Hotline at 646-744-2997
. The Hotline is also available in Spanish. Walkers can also register on-site. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. All Memory Walk participants must raise at least $100 to qualify for a ticket to the walk and to stay for the game.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter is to create and promote comprehensive and humane care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, to provide support for their families and professional caregivers, and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research. The Chapter meets this mission in the community through increasing public awareness, providing education, creating and encouraging replication of model programs, collaborating with research centers, and undertaking advocacy. www.alznyc.org