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Abilene gears up for Walk to End Alzheimer's

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ABILENE, Texas - It was a pep rally, of sorts, for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's Thursday evening at The Mill in Abilene.

Dozens gathered to discuss the walk, scheduled for September, and they got an update on the progress made in fighting the disease.

Several who attended the event got up to speak about caring for loved ones, and the trials of dealing with the degenerative disease.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and there's no cure or way to prevent the disease. An estimated 5.2 million Americans suffer from the disease, and that number is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050.

The Alzheimer's Association is hoping to end that. Money raised from the Walk to End Alzheimer's will go to medical research, and to fund care and support for those affected with the disease.

Abilene's Walk to End Alzheimer's will be on September 19, at the Rose Park Senior Center.

Walking teams are being formed now.

If you would like to walk in memory of a loved one or make a donation, sign up here or call 800-272-3900

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