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Step to the Phoenix Zoo in support of Tempe’s dementia-friendly programs

Post Date:04/13/2018 11:31 AM

Make an early day of it with a stroll around the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, for PARC Walk in support of Tempe’s dementia-friendly programs, 7 to 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 28.  Enjoy the cool morning (for Arizona!) while the zoo animals are having their morning stretch and breakfast.

Check-in/walk-up registration goes from 6 to 7 a.m. for the event hosted by Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Club with proceeds going to Dementia Friendly Tempe and to Gift of Life-AZ.  The cost is $30 for adults, $15 for youths (ages 6 – 17) and children age 5 and younger are free. Registration information can be found at

"Almost 9% of Americans have dementia or dementia-related diseases, making memory loss something that touches countless families and communities. Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Club wants to help," said Dan Laux, Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Club.

It's a comfortable 2.5-mile loop for all mobility levels throughout the zoo before it opens to the public. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds for their walk by seeking sponsors and creating or joining teams of friends, colleagues, and family members. 

“For me, this is a personal mission. I know that this is a long journey for individuals living with dementia and their loved ones, one that starts on the day of the diagnosis. We really appreciate walkers who will take part in PARC Walk. Every step helps to advance our initiative and brings education and awareness to our community,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell who is a caregiver to his mother; a role he shares with his father, former U.S. Congressman Harry Mitchell.

For more information on Dementia Friendly Tempe, go to

For information on the Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Club, go to


Media contacts:

Dan Laux, 480-216-0320, Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Club
Marie Chapple Camacho, 480-848-6899, City of Tempe