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Memory Walk to benefit Alzheimer's Association

By Angela Ward
Sept. 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.

East Texans will have a chance not to forget those who can no longer remember at the annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk this weekend.

Funds raised by the walk will help provide support to more than 57,000 North Texas and East Texas families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. It will help fund research to find disease altering drugs and ultimately a cure, said John Gilcrest, president of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas.

"It's more of a 'friendraiser' than a 'fundraiser' because we want people to come out and participate, even if they don't make a donation," Gilcrest said. "However, the majority of the participants get sponsors from among their friends, family and co-workers."

The walk is a national event, but was held locally for the first time in 2009. About 250 people participated last year and they raised about $25,000, he said.

"Almost everyone knows somebody whose life is being effected by Alzheimer's, either because they've got the disease or because they're helping to provide care for a family member who's suffering from it," Gilcrest said. "It's a diagnosis that is becoming more prevalent as society ages."

Most of the funds raised go to providing education and support groups for people who have had a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer's. There are now 5.3 million people living with Alzheimer's and 11 million people involved as caregivers, on either a personal or professional basis, for people with the disease, he said.

"Our focus is on families, because that's who bears the primary responsibility for most Alzheimer's patients," Gilcrest said.

If you go

What: Longview Memory Walk

When: Saturday morning (Registration at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m.)

Where: LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.

Cost: Free

Contact: (903) 291-1720 or <a href= ""></a>



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