Franklin County residents are invited to take part in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Washington city pavilion.

More than a walk, this event is an experience for the nearly 800 participants in Washington who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services.

Each walker will join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

“There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Washington to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Stacy Tew-Lovasz, president/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis chapter.

“We are challenging Franklin County to help us make this a record-breaking year by raising more than $1 million. Funds raised will provide care and support services to the more than 110,000 Missouri residents living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically needed research.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

Washington resident Carol Marquart will walk with her family in honor of her mother, Lucia Langdon, who lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease last year. Marquart participates in the Walk to bring awareness to the cause and raise funds for support and research.

For more information on starting or joining a team, visit or call 800-272-3900.