How one team captain has raised over $13,000 for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s + how you can get involved on Oct. 30

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Don’t miss the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. (Alzheimer’s Association of Alabama)

The 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is next weekend, October 30. Keep reading to learn how one walker is honoring his mother this year and how you can get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s too.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 30

The Walk
Raising flowers at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to honor who they walk for. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The annual Heart of Alabama Walk in Birmingham is the largest event for our state.

  • When: Sunday, October 30, 2022
  • Where: Sloss Furnaces
  • Time: 1PM: Registration, 3PM: Ceremony and walk
  • Cost: While there is no fee to register for the Walk, participants are encouraged to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

A day full of fun

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Even Elvis will be there! (Alzheimer’s Association of Alabama)

This inspiring event is perfect for all ages and one you don’t want to miss—here’s what you can expect:

  • 2 mile walk
  • Lawn Games
  • Face painting
  • Balloon artist
  • Elvis to perform
  • It’s the day before halloween, so dress in your favorite purple costume while the kids trick or treat from all the vendor tables!

Register for the Walk now.

Walking with a purpose

Brett Bussman
Brett Bussman lost his mother to early onset Alzheimer’s in 2004. (Brett Bussman)

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is such a special event for so many people, especially those who have been so personally affected by the disease. Team Captain Brett Bussman, who lost his mother to early onset Alzheimer’s in 2004, knew he wanted to be a part of the walk this year when he saw it landed on his birthday.

“I’ve been seeing the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the last few years and this year, I noticed that the walk was actually on my birthday. So I asked my entire family, including my three children, if they would walk on my birthday with me and to honor my mom and they were all in. I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than to honor her.”

Brett Bussman, Team Captain

Brett knows firsthand what it feels like to care for and lose someone you love to Alzheimer’s.

“My mom was truly a “Warrior Mom.” She raised my sister and I by herself and made so many sacrifices to ensure we had the best upbringing she could provide. She truly put us first and we learned what true sacrifice looked like, she made us feel special every day.” 

Brett Bussman, Team Captain

Raising over $13,000 to fight Alzheimer’s

Brett signed up as a team captain with a goal of raising $2,000 and simply walking with his family on his birthday, but his team has grown and raised over $13,000 already.

“I don’t ask friends and family for much, so I think it just was a perfect storm that I have some really great friends, family and people here at work that wanted to be a part of this. When the donations started coming in, I was floored. I’ve been just humbled and am so grateful for the people in my life that have helped be able to honor my mother in this way.”

Brett Bussman, Team Captain

More on Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alabama Chapter is the premier source of information and support for Alabamians living with dementia and their families and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a broad range of programs and services, including:

  • a free 24/7 helpline
  • funds for research
  • advocates on behalf of Alabamians on related legislative issues
  • virtual and in person disease education programs, caregiver support groups
  • community resource finder in conjunction with AARP

The Alzheimer’s Association: Alabama Chapter is located at 1 Metroplex Drive, Suite 230 Birmingham, AL 35209. Learn more about the Alabama Chapter.

Want to get involved? Register for the Walkdonate to the cause or volunteer for the event!

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