Many will join together this weekend on South Padre Island in honor of their loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association Lower Valley Walk Planning Committee is going to have its 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The walk is going to begin at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Event Venue, located at 6900 Padre Blvd.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. There’s no fee to register, however participants will have an option of making a personal donation in support of the Alzheimer’s Association.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the health and safety of participants is a top priority.
The walks will implement safety protocols, such as physical distancing, contactless registration and hand sanitizing stations.
“There will be lots of signage and QR codes letting people know they can scan the code and register on their mobile device,” San Antonio and South Texas National Chapter Development Manager PV Villasenor-Sandell said. “We’re being totally socially distant as much as possible. We’ll recommend that you wear a mask, but it’s not required.”
A ceremony will be held at 9 a.m.
“It’s to thank all of our sponsors, acknowledge our families and friends that are taking care of loved ones that are suffering with Alzheimer’s or dementia and to remember and honor them,” Villasenor-Sandell said.
The 2-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
Participants will walk on the sidewalk of Padre Blvd. toward the Community Center where there’ll be a water station.
“Then, they can turn around and come back on the bike lane and join us back at Clayton’s,” Villasenor-Sandell said. “We will have a small silent auction. We’ll also have many of our sponsors joining us giving out information about their businesses.”
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
According to Villasenor-Sandell, Saturday’s walk will help raise funds to continue having staff in the Valley who provide programs, services and information for those affected by Alzheimer’s or who have a loved one who’s been diagnosed with the disease.
“We have a 24-hour helpline that is supported through our fundraising,” Villasenor-Sandell said. “They speak over 200 languages, have all sorts of information and are licensed therapists, counselors to deal with caregivers and talk to them when basically they have nowhere else to turn.”
Villasenor-Sandell added that they also provide them with information when they’re looking for a doctor or any type of additional support, such as a support group or something they can do whether it’s via laptop or phone support.
“There’s all sorts of support out there,” Villasenor-Sandell said. “That’s really what this walk is about. It’s about community.”
This is the first year the Lower Valley Walk Planning Committee will host its annual walk on the Island.
Since its inception, the committee has been hosting the walk in Brownsville.
“We decided last year before COVID, that we wanted to have the walk on the Island,” Villasenor-Sandell said. “Then, COVID happened and we did not have the walk.”
The committee hopes to host the event on the Island again.
“It’s a beautiful place to host the walk and we’re hoping that we get lots of people to come out and join us,” Villasenor-Sandell said.
To register online or to make a donation, visit https://tinyurl.com/42uffzs7 .