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Walk For Hope And Cures This September

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Lace up your tennis shoes and step out with Seattle as we walk to bring hope to people challenged by life altering illness. Every week offers an opportunity to support research and lift awareness for a wide range of conditions: Breast Cancer,  ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s, Lupus, Parkinson’s disease, Brain Cancer, Huntington’s disease, Gilda’s Club, AIDS, Sickle Cell Anemia and other causes.

The Annual Sickle Cell Walk at Seward Park kicks off the busy month. Opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m. with the 2.6 mile walk at 11 a.m. Bike events and a barbeque fill out fundraising celebration sponsored by Seattle Metropolitan Sickle Cell Task Force. See the website for start times of other events. Money raised supports scholarships that benefit individuals with Sickle Cell disease,  a 4 day summer camp for kids and advocacy efforts. Adult registration is $30.00. “It has been 100 years since the discovery of sickle cell disease, and there have been some advancements, but much more work needs to be done,” said Ken West, Task Force President, in a story about living with the condition. You can help by attending this event. Approximately 2 million Americans are affected by Sickle Cell Anemia.

The second weekend is September is the busiest of the month with walks for ALS, Lupus, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Gilda’s Club all in motion.

Team Hope Walk and 5KRun for Huntington’s research will start at Warren G Magnusson Park at 8 a.m. on the 13th. This is a local event coordinated with national fundraising  for Huntington’s Disease Society of America.  Huntington’s Disease, a hereditary condition causing degeneration in motor function, cognition, and mental balance, often strikes people in their 30’s or 4o’s but can express itself in childhood or much later in life.

The Walk To End Lupus NOW starts at 9 a.m. at the Seattle Center also on the 13th. Lupus, an autoimmune disease, affects approximately 1.5 million Americans.

Seattle’s Gilda’s Club’s 1st Annual Red Door walk/run also starts at 9 a.m on the 13th at Cal Anderson park. The Capital Hill club, which provides a place to “come as you are” to people living with cancer in Seattle, hopes to raise $25,000 with this event. Seattle, can we raise more? The funds support free support services for their 6,000 Washington members and the new red door lifts awareness of the need for cancer resources.

The Walk To Defeat ALS at Seward Park raises money for local patient services and the national ALS Association’s research and public policy activities. Check in at 9:00 a.m for a walk at 10 a.m. This year’s walk  joins the Ice Bucket Challenge in lifting awareness of ALS which touches a life every 90 minutes. ALS, a fast moving neurodegenerative disease affects nerve cells, muscles, and the spinal cord.

The Optimism Walk kicks off at noon on Sunday, the 14th, at Seattle University park. The 25$ registration comes with a t-shirt, snacks, and beverages. Money raised supports research, education, and outreach for the American Parkinson Disease Association. Approximately 30,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle takes aim at Cancer and Alzheimer’s the weekend of September 20th with the kick off to the Susan G Komen 3 day event to support breast cancer research, the 7th Annual Brain Cancer Walk, and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Susan G Komen 3 day 60 mile walk is the most ambitious participant event scheduled in September and funds raised, since its inception in 1982, have helped to produce remarkable progress. Walk proceeds also fund breast cancer screenings and financial support for men and women struggling with the condition or trying to pay medical bills.  Breast Cancer risk increases with age and can impact both men and women. 12% of American women will be challenged with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Registration for The Seattle Brain Cancer Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. at Next 50 Plaza at the Seattle Center on September 20th. 100% of the proceeds benefit Pacific Northwest Brain Cancer patients and research efforts. Early registration is $25.00 Though aggressive adult Glioblastoma tumors often grab attention because they strike suddenly in the prime of life, brain cancer is the second leading cause of death, behind Leukemia, in children.  Nearly 70,000 people learned they had brain tumors in 2013. Brain cancer accounts for 1.4% of all cancers but 2.4% of all cancer deaths.

The 2 mile Walk to end Alzheimer’s starts at 9:00 a.m. Saturday the 20th of September at South Lake Union Park. The walk generates money locally for the national Alzheimer’s Association. 1 in 9 people over 65 years of age have Alzheimer’s. Approximately 150,000 individuals in King County live with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

The Seattle AIDS walk closes out this month of fundraising. Locally, more than 7,000 people are living with AIDS. Nationally AIDS affects 1.1 million. AIDS, an auto immune disease, develops gradually and weakens the body’s defense system.  Though medication has advanced and is enabling longer lives recent discoveries show that HIV can express earlier in life than previously learned and will re-emerge even after long term retro-viral therapy. We’re still searching for a cure. For more information, watch this detailed discussion on the latest developments in AIDS research from the 2014 International AIDS Conference or visit Lifelong, producers of the Seattle AIDS walk.

Walk for cures. Walk for awareness and education. Walk for neighbors, families and friends. Step into the new season with a walk for hope.

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