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General:

What is Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

The Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Learn more.

Will Walk to End Alzheimer’s take place in 2020?

Yes! However, because your health and safety are our top priorities, this year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering. Instead, we invite you to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in your community do the same. All participants should follow CDC guidelines and local health recommendations when deciding to walk with those outside of their household.

What will Walk day look like this year?

This year, the Association Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is online, on your street and in your community. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering, but we are still walking — and bringing you new and exciting ways to experience the event.

  • Log in to Walk Mainstage, the event’s interactive online experience. Livestream the Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony.
  • Walk in your neighborhood, on a track or on a local trail. Download the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to track your steps and hear messages of support from other participants around the country.
  • Visit the planted Promise Garden, which is view only, to experience your community’s reasons to end Alzheimer’s.

Does this mean that Walk is leaving local communities?

No! In fact, by having participants continue to walk in small groups in their neighborhoods, we hope to build even more community awareness around Walk and the fight to end Alzheimer’s. While we aren’t holding a large in-person gathering this year, the Alzheimer’s Association remains committed to providing care and support services in communities nationwide — many of which are now offered online — and advancing cutting-edge research.

What is the Promise Garden?

The Promise Garden is a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent participants’ connection to Alzheimer’s — their reasons to end the disease.

  • Blue: Someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.
  • Purple: An individual who has lost a loved one to the disease.
  • Yellow: A person who is currently supporting or caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s.
  • Orange: A participant who supports the cause and the Association's vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Because of logistical and safety concerns, we will not be providing Promise Garden flowers to each participant this year. Instead, our planted Promise Garden will be set up by Association staff and volunteers, and will be proudly displayed on Walk day for drive-through viewing. Visit your local Walk page to learn more about your community’s planted Promise Garden, including location and viewing times.

Do I have to register in order to participate in Walk?

Yes, we want to know you’re walking and need every walker to sign a standard waiver through the official registration.

Is there a fee to register?

There is no fee to register; however, we ask that every participant makes a commitment to raising funds to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s.

How do I register?

To register online for a Walk, visit alz.org/walk and enter your zip code to find an event near you. Once on the local event page, click "Register." Returning Walkers will be prompted to log in to expedite your registration process. Forgot your username and password? Request it here.

If you are a new participant, you’ll be asked to choose one of the three participation options - Form a Team, Join a Team, or Walk as an Individual. Choose your option and follow the steps to complete registration.

How do I register family members or others online?

To register other participants, begin your own registration and enter your details. At the end of the registration process, you will see a "register another person" button; click this button to add other participants, including children or other dependents for whom you have the legal authority to sign our liability waiver.

Does every walker get a T-shirt?

Every registered participant will receive a T-shirt after achieving the $100 fundraising minimum. T-shirts will be mailed directly to you, so it’s important to visit your profile in the Participant Center to confirm that your T-shirt size and mailing address are up-to-date.

How long is the Walk route

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a family-friendly event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to take part. We recommend that participants walk two miles in their neighborhood, local park or trail on event day.

Where do the funds go?

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

How are donations collected?

Donations can be made online with a credit card or by check or money order made out to the Alzheimer's Association. Checks can be deposited instantly using the Walk to End Alzheimer's mobile app.

While the options above are the quickest and easiest way to process and receive credit for your donations, offline donations can also be turned in at a Curbside Donation Drop-off, a new contactless way to submit cash and checks. Your local chapter staff will contact you directly about your Curbside Donation Drop-off date and location. When you drop off your donation, be sure to include the offline donation form, which can be found in your Participant Center or on your personal fundraising webpage, to make sure you receive credit.

Impact of COVID-19:

My state is reopening. Why can’t we have Walk to End Alzheimer’s as we did in 2019?

Based on restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the CDC, hosting large scale in-person events would not be best for the health of our participants, volunteers and staff.

Can teams still participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s together?

Yes. We are asking that participants continue to walk, but in small, safe groups in their neighborhoods, rather than at one large gathering. All participants should follow CDC guidelines and local health recommendations when deciding to walk with those outside of their household.

Can I participate this year if I don’t have a computer or a smartphone?

You can still be a part of this year’s Walk, even if you don’t have a computer or smartphone. Help advance the fight by fundraising, walking in a small group with friends and family and driving by your local planted Promise Garden, which is view only.

Will I get a Promise Garden flower this year?

Because of logistical and safety concerns, we will not be providing Promise Garden flowers to each participant this year. Instead, our view-only planted Promise Garden will represent our many reasons to end Alzheimer’s. In addition, every registered participant will receive a set of colorful Walk flags to display in a yard or window and carry on event day.

If I reach the Champions Club fundraising milestone(s), will I still receive my recognition item(s)?

Of course! We will mail all Champions Club and incentive prizes directly to you. Visit your Participant Center to confirm that your personal information is up-to-date.

Will Walk to End Alzheimer’s be “normal” in 2021?

We are hopeful that we will all be able to gather together in the future. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and any decision to resume large group gatherings in the future will be fully informed by scientific and local guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff.

Teams:

How do I form a team?

Forming a Walk team is easy! Find your local Walk at alz.org/walk, and click "Register." If you're a new participant, click "Start a Team." You will automatically become the team captain for your team. Then, ask friends, family and coworkers to join your team and the fight against Alzheimer’s. If you are a returning walker, log in with your username and password, then choose to start a new team or re-start your team from last year.

How can my company participate in or sponsor a walk?

We’re counting on companies to be leaders in the community and in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Companies can participate in Walk in many ways, including forming a local team, joining the National Team Program and sponsoring your local event. Contact your local chapter for more information about sponsorship and participation.

What responsibilities does a team captain have?

Team Captains are the heart of Walk to End Alzheimer’s. As a Team Captain, you’ll be asked to recruit family, friends and coworkers; help them fundraise; keep the team motivated; and have fun fighting for a great cause! You’ll create a team fundraising webpage and have access to numerous tools to help you lead a successful team.

How many people should be on my team?

We recommend teams of 10, although there is no required number. Tell your friends, family and coworkers why you are walking and ask them to join you — your personal story can inspire others to participate and donate. And keep in mind that your teammates don’t have to be physically together on event day; you can walk from any sidewalk, trail or track across the country!

Fundraising:

How do I start fundraising?

The best fundraising efforts start by sharing your personal story about why you're participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Visit your Participant Center to include your story on your personal fundraising page. Once your page is updated, share it with friends, family and coworkers via email, social networks and word of mouth.

How do I fundraise on Facebook?

Log in to your Participant Center and click “Connect to Facebook” to set up a Facebook Fundraiser. Once you do so, all donations received through Facebook will credit to your fundraising page and go toward your Walk.

I created a fundraiser on Facebook for the Alzheimer's Association before registering for Walk. Can I connect them?

No. Participants must register on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website first, then create the Facebook Fundraiser from their participant center. We cannot tie an existing Facebook Fundraiser to a new registration. If you have already created a Fundraiser and selected the Alzheimer’s Association as the beneficiary, donations will be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association as general donations. To request that donations be moved to credit your Walk, please contact donorservicesinfo@alz.org. To begin receiving credit for new donations, please close your existing fundraiser and set up a new one through the Participant Center.

How can I get company matching on my gift?

Many employers offer programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. These "matching gifts" are an opportunity to double or possibly triple your donation.

There are two ways to identify that your company will match your gift:

  • You can identify that your company as a matching gift program while making your gift. Under "Matching Gifts", simply select your company name from the dropdown list and then complete your donation.
  • If you already made a gift but did not indicate that your company has as a matching gift program, visit this page to find the details of your company's matching gift program.

If your company is eligible, you'll receive an email from our matching gift partner, Amply (support@giveamply.com), with instructions on how to apply for a match with your employer.

Once the matched donation is received and processed by the Alzheimer's Association, the donation will be credited to the walker, team or event specified on the form. As some companies release matching funds on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis, please allow sufficient time for the contribution to be processed.

What is the Champions Club?

he Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions Club recognizes and rewards participants who reach special fundraising milestones. These individuals are leading the way in the fight against Alzheimer’s — and you can too!

Raise at least $500 to become a Champion; $1,000 or more to earn the title of Grand Champion; and reach the top as an Elite Grand Champion when you raise $2,500.

See our Champions Club page for more details.

VIDEO: How to get your Champions Club certificate

How do I get the mobile app?

You can download the app directly from your Participant Center (when visiting it on your mobile device) or through the App Store or Google Play. Search for “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

PDF: Mobile App Guide

Website Help:

How do I upload a photo for my fundraising page?

Log in to your participant center, and visit the "My Page" section and click "Upload Photo." A photo editor window will appear, and you will be provided the choice to upload an image from your computer or use your webcam (for desktop users). If you want to upload an existing photo, you can either click the "Upload Your Image" button and locate your photo, or you can locate your photo first and simply drag and drop your photo onto the photo editor. Once your photo is imported to the photo editor, you can then utilize the photo editor tools to make adjustments before uploading to the server. The tools available to you include: Crop, Filters, Adjustments, Text, Stickers, Brush, Focus and Border. Once you have completed making any desired changes to your photo, click the blue "Add to Page" button at the top right of the photo editor. This will compress the photo, if necessary, to meet file upload size limitations, as well as store the image as a JPEG format, and then upload the file to the web server for display on your personal page.

If you would also like to apply a caption to the photo, once you have finished uploading your photo, you can click "Edit Caption" at the bottom right of the grey box containing your photo in the "My Page" section. Simply enter your caption and click "Save."

Be sure to preview your personal page to see what the photo looks like to the public. To preview your page, go to the top of the "My Page" section of the participant center and click the "View Your Page" button.

If you decide later you want to edit your photo, simply go back to the "My Page" section in the participant center, and click the "Edit Photo" button which will open your existing photo in the photo editor for additional changes. Once finished, click the "Add to Page" button at the top right of the editor window.

How do I import contacts in my Participant Center?

You can choose to send email from your own personal email account, or you can import your address book in the Participant Center and to track who has opened your fundraising emails, visited your page, and/or made a donation. To import your contacts, log in to your Participant Center and go to the Email section. Click the “Contacts” tab. You can add contact one at a time, or import them from another online address book such as Gmail or Yahoo. You can also import a spreadsheet of contacts.

PDF: Importing Contacts

Common Participant Center Error Messages:

1.The body content contained invalid HTML tags that were removed. Check your message again for formatting and accuracy. This error will appear if you try to add a hyperlink or image to your personal or team page content. This error may also occur if you copy and paste content directly from Microsoft Word. If you intend to paste from Word, you can use the or "Paste from Word" icon in the text editor menu.

2.Your session has timed out. Please log in to continue. This error is appearing for some users in Internet Explorer when they attempt to log in to the Participant Center. If you receive this error, please clear your browser cookies or use another browser, like Chrome or Safari, to access to your Participant Center. To clear your cookies in IE: go to the "Tools" icon in the top right. Select "Internet Options." On the General tab, find "Browsing History" and click "Delete." Check "Temporary Internet Files and website files" and "Cookies and website data" then click "Delete" again. Close Settings, open a new browser and try again.

How do I edit or delete my message of support on a participant's/team's page?

If you submit a note of encouragement via the Facebook social plugin on a participant's page, you may edit or delete that comment. You must first login to Facebook in the same browser in which you are viewing the participant's page. Once logged into Facebook, open up the participant's page in a new tab. Hover over the right-hand corner of your previously-posted comment. You will see an option to edit or delete the comment. The following screenshot is an example of the option:

If you’d like to remove a comment someone else has made on your fundraising page, please contact us for assistance.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

For questions about a specific Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, please contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

For questions about the website, please complete this form and a representative will contact you within one business day.