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Citizens, teams, celebrities preparing for Alzheimer’s Walk

September 11th, 2008 · No Comments · Health

alzheimers-walk.jpgThousands of Southlanders are on the move to end Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s 16th annual Memory Walk- locally sponsored by Wells Fargo. The 5K walk is set for Sunday, October 5 and will start at The Watercourt at California Plaza, taking the nearly 4000 expected participants past such iconic Los Angeles landmarks as Disney Concert Hall, Maguire Gardens, Los Angeles Central Library and Grand Hope Park. Celebrities, teams and individuals, converging as “champions” in the fight against Alzheimer’s, have a goal of raising more then $750,000 to support research and programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Today 5.1 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States and it is expected to rise to 7.7 million in 2050. In California alone, there are currently 450,000 people that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“Alzheimer’s is the epidemic of our generation,” says Peter Braun, president and CEO of Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter. “In the U.S. someone develops Alzheimer’s every 71 seconds, making it the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Everyone that participates in Memory Walk is making a commitment to support families currently dealing with this disease and prevent it from impacting others in the future”.
Registration for the Walk is available at www.alzla.org/mw.

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