More than 1,000 people are expected to show up for the third annual Silicon Valley Memory Walk in San Jose on Saturday, Sept. 25, to help the Alzheimer's Association raise money and awareness, according to Peter Daly of Woodside, president of the local chapter's board of directors.
This is the second of nine Memory Walks being organized by the Northern California-Northern Nevada chapter this fall. The first one took place in San Francisco on Sept. 11.
Participants can register as individuals or teams and ask others to join in as walkers and/or sponsors. Often friends and families get involved in the event and carry pictures and signs commemorating loved ones who have been affected by Alzheimer's disease.
"We welcome as many participants as possible because by walking and raising money, you're helping fund the search for a cure and supporting both the people who suffer from the disease and their caregivers," Mr. Daily said.
Check-in for the Silicon Valley Memory Walk will be at 8:30 a.m. on Arena Green, at Autumn and Santa Clara streets in San Jose. Free parking will be available at HP Pavilion, and free Peet's coffee and Hobee's coffee cake will be served. The walk will start at 10 a.m. and follow a flat route of one or three miles.
Afterward, performers such as San Jose Taiko and Grupo Folklorico Los Laureles will perform. A bounce house, face painting, and crafts will be set up for kids, and information booths will be handing out fliers on Alzheimer's disease care.
Go to www.alz.org or call 962-8111 to register for the walk or get more information.