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October 3, 2012

Alzheimer’s walk raises more than $35K

TERRE HAUTE — More than 250 residents from Terre Haute joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 15 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Totals are being finalized, but initial numbers indicate that participants raised more than $35,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

“I was inspired by Terre Haute residents uniting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Heather Hershberger, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter executive director. “With funds raised, the Alzheimer’s Association will be able to provide much-needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer’s research.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the one-mile walk. They learned more about Alzheimer’s disease and the association’s critical role in the fight against it, including the latest about Alzheimer’s research and current clinical trials, how they can become involved in advocacy efforts and the association’s support programs and services.

The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

For more information or to make a donation visit alz.org/indiana.

 

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