Participants will Raise Critically Needed Awareness and

Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research


[Longview] – The Alzheimer’s Association® is invitingLongviewresidents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.The Walk will take place on Saturday, September 28 atthe Gregg County Courthouse Longview, TX 75601.  Registration is at 9 am, opening ceremony at 10 am and the Walk begins at 10:30am.



US Congressional Representative Louis Gohmert is scheduled to attend.


Steve Pirtle, Longview City Council Member for District 6 will read a proclamation from the Mayor of Longview.


On Walk day, participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with Promise Flowers during the poignant Promise Garden Ceremony – a moving display of hope to represent the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s.


Shannon Smith, Alzheimer’s Association Walk Manager, says the Longview walk brings everyone together to fight a common cause.  “Nearly 400 thousand Texans are living with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Smith.  “Texas ranks 4th in the number of Alzheimer's cases and 2nd in Alzheimer's deaths in the nation.  Seeing Longview put its muscle into the fight is one of the most gratifying things you will ever witness.”


Dr. Meredith Lee May is a history instructor at Kilgore College.  She’s walking to remember her great grandmother and grandmother, both of whom died from Alzheimer’s.

“From daughter to daughter and now, out of grief and fear, I carefully watch my mom, the next daughter, for signs. I’m the next daughter after that,” says May.  “I walk

because I can’t live with the idea of this disease affecting so many like my great-grandmother and grandmother. I can’t bring them back, I can’t undo the irreparable damage to my family, but I can walk for others: for the first survivor and the people who love them, and so no one has to have an ending, or, worse, endings, like we did.”



More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Texas, there are more than 390,000 people living with the disease and 1.4 million caregivers.


Participants can join a team or register to walk as an individual at


Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’sis the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s. 


Alzheimer's Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit or call 800.272.3900.




  • Occurred Saturday, September 28th, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm


Walk to End Alzheimer's

Gregg County Courthouse
Longview, TX 75601


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