Walk made great strides for Alzheimer's

This year's Memory Walk was a resounding success. The signature fund-raiser for the Alzheimer's Association, Augusta Region, has raised more than $103,000 to date.

More than 700 participants gathered in honor, memory or support of persons who are diagnosed or affected by Alzheimer's disease. Fountains flowed purple throughout the downtown area while bells rang every 70 seconds from the tower of St. Paul's Cathedral, driving home the fact that every 70 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease.

A special "thank you" is extended to all our sponsors, steering committee members, team captains and the hundreds of community volunteers that participated in this event. Their dedication of time and energy made it a success. Volunteers are truly the heart of this organization.

During the holidays and in this time of giving thanks, know how much your support means to the Alzheimer Association and our hope of one day finding a cure for this devastating disease. Thank you for every step you take toward a world without Alzheimer's.

Call for information or for help at (706) 731-9060 or (800) 272-3900.

Karen Agrelius

Dee Dee Kurilla

Augusta

(The writers are, respectively, the 2009 Memory Walk chairwoman; and the director of development for the Alzheimer Association's Augusta Region.)

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