I’m very proud to be serving as the 2017 chair of the Bay Area/Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

I want to take this time to applaud all those who have donated and raised funds to date — your dedication truly dazzles me! The walk begins with a check-in at 8 a.m. Saturday at Stewart Beach in Galveston.

I hope you read the wonderful article by Marsha Canright (“Living with Alzheimer’s as national health crisis grows”) and the editorial by Daily News Editor Michael Smith (“Help us fund the fight against Alzheimer’s disease) in the Oct. 1 edition of The Galveston County Daily News. Smith noted in his editorial that the Bay Area/Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s is currently only at 50 percent of our fundraising goal — and the event is just days away!

Every day I meet someone who has been impacted in some way by Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia, either through a friend, family member or co-worker or as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s. For whatever reason, Alzheimer’s disease isn’t “talked about” like other diseases (cancer), but it’s still the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. (Sixth, can you believe it?)

I urge you to visit www.alz.org/walk and donate to the Bay Area/Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s to help us reach our fundraising goal! Every donation matters — $5, $10, $25 — whatever amount you can contribute will help raise needed research funds. It’s not too late to start your own team, or walk as an individual.

I hope to see you this Saturday at Stewart Beach!

Kathy VanDewalli is the 2017 chair of the Bay Area/Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s event.

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