Amid numerous calls coming from the Hannibal area about Alzheimer's disease and how to help put an end to it, the time was right for the first Walk to End Alzheimer's in the area.

Amid numerous calls coming from the Hannibal area about Alzheimer's disease and how to help put an end to it, the time was right for the first Walk to End Alzheimer's in the area.

Hannibal Walk Manager Stephanie Orf said she helped residents at an assisted care facility who were receiving memory care, and she wanted to spread awareness and education to area residents and healthcare providers about Alzheimer's disease. After working with the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, Orf worked out an ideal route for the one- or three-mile walk — beginning at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center and then heading up the trail to the Sodalis Nature Preserve. Orf said in addition to spreading awareness throughout the community, the walk's goals included boosting research and finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Vendors with information and medical supplies will be inside the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center before the walk begins. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. A ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. Orf said she took a walk through the trail at the Sodalis Nature Preserve and “fell in love with it.”

Orf stressed that everyone is welcome to come to the free event, and they don't have to walk to help spread awareness and education about the fight against Alzheimer's. She said she looks forward to the chance to provide education and become a lasting part of the community, pointing out she is eager to meet with anyone interested in joining in the 2018 planning committee meeting, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Fiddlestiks Food and Spirits Company, 8945 U.S. 36 in Hannibal.

“It's not our walk, it's your walk,” she said. “It's for Hannibal, it's not just for the Alzheimer's Association.”

For more information, contact Orf at 314-304-3375 or srorf@alz.org.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com