The Alzheimer's Association invites the community to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Harford County Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, Oct. 6, (rain or shine) at the Bel Air Equestrian Center at 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air.

Hosted by the Greater Maryland Chapter, the annual event will raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease, which is a growing epidemic and is the sixth leading cause of death.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., when participants can enjoy light refreshments, live music and entertainment for the whole family, including a children's play area and face painting.

Additionally, they can deliver a special tribute to those affected by this disease by placing pinwheel flowers decorated with the names of their loved ones in the Promise Garden.

At 10 a.m., Youth Ambassador Chloe Jade Anderson, a 12-year-old from Conowingo, will kick-off the 2.5-mile walk.

She volunteers at Country View Assisted Living in Bel Air, where her mother works. Over the years, she has spent a lot of time playing games, making crafts and interacting with the residents.

Everyone is encouraged to stay after the Walk for closing remarks, including the total amount of funds raised for Alzheimer's research, care and support.

They also can learn more about Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Association's programs and services and how to get involved with this critical cause: from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trial enrollment.

"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Maryland to join the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Cass Naugle, executive director, Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter. "Funds raised from the walks will directly provide care and support services to the 86,000 residents of Maryland living with Alzheimer's, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research."

Participants are encouraged to register early as teams or individually. Admission is free, but those who raise at least $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer's T-shirt. For more information, to start or join a team, or to make a donation, contact the Alzheimer's Association online at http://www.alz.org/maryland or by calling 410-561-9099 or 1-800-272-3900.

Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research programs. Since its inception in 1989, Americans who have participated in the Walk have raised more than $302 million.

This fall, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter will hold a total of six Walk to End Alzheimer's events. Last year's events in Maryland drew more than 4,700 walkers and raised more than $779,000.

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research, care and support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit http://www.alz.org/maryland.