Akron, OH – Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including nearly 13,000 in Summit County. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

The Akron Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the University of Akron Stile Athletics Field House (289 S. Union Ave, Akron, OH 44325.) Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies beginning at 10:00 a.m.
A highlight of the event will include recognition of the 2016 Akron Walk honorees: the DiGeronimo family of Hudson. Gregg and Dessa, and their children Dominic (19), Dante (18), Dane (14), and Delaney (12), have all shown exceptional support for the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission, through participation and planning of events within the Greater East Ohio Chapter Area.

“Watching my Grandmother with Alzheimer's, and now caring for my mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in her mid-sixties, has affected my entire family,” says Dessa. “My Father is the primary caregiver, but my family, including my children have all taken a part in her care giving. Whether it’s puzzles, coloring, raising awareness of this disease with classmates, or simply raising money, we are all trying to simply make a difference.”

Dessa has volunteered on the planning committee for the Akron Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the last three years, and assisted with planning the Alzheimer’s Association’s Paint the Night Purple benefit dinner and auction for the last two. She has also advocated for Alzheimer’s policies in Columbus with the chapter, and attended the Association’s National Leadership Summit in 2015.

“This Cause is so important to me, I want to find a cure so my children will not have to watch as Alzheimer's painfully takes away another loved one,” says Dessa.

Gregg, the National Sales Manager for Key Bank Investments, has been similarly involved and will join the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter’s Board in October. The DiGeronimo children have followed in their parents footsteps, working with Hudson City Schools to implement an annual “Purple Out” football game at Hudson High School.
To start a team or get additional information on Walk to End Alzheimer’s, contact Stephanie Mueller with the Alzheimer’s Association at smueller@alz.org or call 330.650.0552. Additional information is available online at alz.org/walk.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is presented locally by Maplewood Senior Living.

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes programs and services available locally to individuals and their families. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth leading cause of death, the only in the top ten nationally that cannot be prevented, treated or slowed. For more information on local services and events, visit: alz.org/akroncantonyoungstown.