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World Alzheimer's Day recognized as 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' nears

(Source: Walk to End Alzheimer's) (Source: Walk to End Alzheimer's)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, it's crucial that research continues in an effort to prevent, slow, or cure this disease. 

That is why the Alzheimer's Association hosts its "Walk to End Alzheimer's" each year. It's coming up in Memphis on Saturday, October 8. 

Money raised at the event will go toward working to advance care of those with Alzheimer's, support, and research across the world. 

In Memphis, so far, the Alzheimer's Association is 48 percent to its goal of raising $155,500 for the cause. They want this year's event to be bigger than ever.

How you can help

Register for the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" by joining a team, starting a team, or registering as an individual. The walk route is two miles long.

Participants are encouraged to raise money or donate even if you aren't able to make it to the actual event. 

To register or learn more, click here. 

Facts about Alzheimer's

Here are just a few facts as we recognize September 21 as World Alzheimer's Day:

  • It's the only cause of death (in the top 10) that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.
  • Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Someone develops Alzheimer's every 66 seconds in our country.
  • In 2016, Alzheimer's will cost the U.S. an estimated $236 billion.

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