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Alzheimer's walk set for Saturday at Augusta Common

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This year’s annual Alzheimer’s walk will change names in an effort to focus more on the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Augusta chapter is anticipating more than 800 participants at this Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s – previously known as the Memory Walk.

“It’s going to take numbers,” said Kathy Tuckey, the program and services director. “The greater the number, the greater Washington and our state legislators have to look at finding a cure.”

In addition to walking three miles through downtown Augusta for the cause, participants will be given advocacy postcards to send to their state senators requesting they make Alzheimer’s a priority.

All participants will get a windmill flower to be placed in the Augusta Common to create a “Promise Garden.”

Several other surprises are also on the agenda, but Tuckey said participants will have to wait and be surprised.

Registration for the event, which will feature live entertainment and vendors, begins at 9 a.m. at the Augusta Common on Saturday. The opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

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