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Sibley Park Hosts Annual Walk To End Alzheimer's

Sibley Park Hosts Annual Walk To End Alzheimer's”

Whether it was young kids, or adults, hundreds of people walked in the 19th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The association said every 66 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

People who participated in the walk held flowers with different meanings behind them, denoting why they were there - and seeing so many people in the same situation can bring some hope and comfort for those that have Alzheimer's or know someone who does.

"The Walk to End Alzheimer's is such a special event", said Carolyn Canini, Program Director of the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter.

In addition to the 1.25 mile walk, participants will enjoy face painting, refreshments, emcee duties by iHeart Media, children's activities, and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's.

Although there is no registration fee for this event, we encourage all skaters to make a personal donation and raise money for the cause.

The walk past year raised over $41,000 in Lima alone, and over $76 million nationwide.

Today's event raised over $85,000 with a goal to reach $125,000. The walk is put on by the Alzheimer's Association and is the world's largest event to raise awareness for the disease, which often is forgotten about compared to other diseases.

According to the Alzheimer's Association 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease - a form of dementia that now has no cure.

Sponsors and health care leaders came out to support the walk and had booths available with information.

"If you don't have Alzheimer's disease or aren't caring for someone with the disease, you will be". Their vision is a world without Alzheimer's.

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