Memory Walk is personal for Owens

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens is the honorary chair of the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk to be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, September 19th, at Delaware Park/Buffalo Zoo.

Each year, a nationwide community of thousands of people stand up and participate in the fight against this devastating disease.  In 2008, the Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter raised nearly $200,000 in support of the Alzheimer's Association mission to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research.

This year, Memory Walks in Western New York will take place in the following locations with the largest Memory Walk at Delaware Park/Buffalo Zoo on Saturday, September 19:

Saturday, September 19, 2009Erie County – Delaware Park/Buffalo Zoo
Niagara County – Artpark

Saturday, September 26, 2009Chautauqua County – Chautauqua Institution, Turner Community Center
Genesee County – Genesee county Nursing Home (Batavia)
Orleans County – The Villages of Orleans (Albion)

Though Owens is unable to attend the actual Memory Walk due to his team commitments, he personally encourages fans to participate and register as an individual walker or just donate.

"Alzheimer's has affected my own family, so I understand first-hand the impact of this disease," said Owens. "I am proud to support the Alzheimer's Association as they educate people on the realities of Alzheimer's disease so we can inspire enough support to stop it."

Every 70 seconds, someone will develop Alzheimer's. This fall, a nation will walk together to move closer to a cure.

To register for the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® or make a donation, visit the Community page on Buffalobills.com or go directly to:

• To walk and register for TO's Champs Memory Walk Team visit http://ErieCountyWalk.kintera.org/toschamps.

• To make a donation, visit Terrell's Individual Memory Walk page at http://ErieCountyWalk.kintera.org/to

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Their 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. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

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