After a virtual event last year, Longview organizers are planning to host a charity walk in person next month, but if you'd rather walk your own route through your neighborhood you can do that too.

Similar events will happen all over the country this fall, and Longview is one of the host sites.  The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for October 9th with the help of the Longview Pilot Club.


Some walks/runs are timed and competitive, but not this one.  I'm sure you can jog through the course if you want, but this sounds like it will be the kind of walk that you can talk through because you won't be out of breath.  So invite your people and take a leisurely walk around the Gregg County Courthouse, and fight that awful Alzheimer's disease.

They're keeping an eye on the COVID situation, and if they need to make changes to the event they will.  The Alzheimer's Association said they'll "implement safety protocols including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand-sanitizing stations and more. Masks are welcome and will be available on-site."

And if you'd rather walk from home, you can do that too.  They're planning to post walk-day experiences through their mobile app, including the opening ceremony and a route map to track your walk, including start and finish lines.

If you've ever known anyone with Alzheimer's, you are hopping on this opportunity. My grandma had dementia, which Alzheimer's can cause.  Maybe you want to be part of the Longview walk in someone else's honor, or maybe you want to do it because you love October weather in East Texas and want to plan to do things outside.  Whatever the motivation, you'll be helping the fight against Alzheimer's disease, which kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

This is surprising too -- Texas ranks 4th in the number of Alzheimer's cases and 2nd in Alzheimer's deaths.  That's one top-five we don't want to be in, and every little bit helps whittle that away.

Click HERE to register.

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