For Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter, this is both personal and professional. He is taking part in the Escondido Walk to End Alzheimer’s not only to honor his mother-in-law who suffered with dementia, but for everyone who has this devastating disease and their caregivers.
“My mother-in-law was dealing with dementia at the end of her life,” Chief Carter told The Times-Advocate. “And in law enforcement, we have a lot of calls for service where people with Alzheimer’s disease need help and resources. It’s devastating for our officers. I am happy to be a part of this fight.” Chief Carter is once again the Escondido event emcee.
The 2018 Escondido Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the only Alzheimer’s Walk in North County. Organizers are expecting more than 1000 people at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway on September 22. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the program starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9.
The fun-filled day will include dancers, a stilt walker, a live band after the Walk and a bonus feature: Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, which will be open for walkers to enjoy that day. Stroll along the garden and see nine large sculptures, inspired by California’s mythic and cultural roots.
Someone develops Alzheimer’s in this country every 65 seconds, and Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in California. Money raised at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will help us serve more people with dementia, their caregivers and others in the community by providing outreach, education, advocacy and research.
There is no registration fee to attend the two-mile Escondido Walk to End Alzheimer’s, however if you raise $100, you get a Walk t-shirt. Start or join a team here act.alz.org/Escondido. This year’s event co-chairs are Sue Martins and Carol Rogers.
Escondido Walk to End Alzheimer’s sponsors include ReminX by Dthera, Merrill Gardens and Aya Healthcare.