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|Association's memory walk on tap Saturday|
The Northeast Louisiana Alzheimer's Association will conduct its major fundraiser, Memory Walk, Saturday with events for the entire family.
The one-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Park behind American Legion Hall in Monroe. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Sandy Bass, regional director of the Northeast Louisiana Alzheimer's Association, said the event will be a "light walk" for the public as well as caregivers and their patients.
"It will be just a little walk around the park," she said.
The event will conclude around 11 a.m.
Prizes will be given to the teams who raise the most money.
"This is the first time we've done it in November," Bass said. "We usually do it in the fall, but we may start doing it the first weekend in November since it is national Alzheimer's awareness month. This is the only major fundraiser for the association because we really don't get out and do much fundraising during the year since we are so busy helping caregivers and patients."
She said proceeds from the annual event are used by the association to help fund research for a cure as well as assist caregivers throughout the year.
The national organization typically provides "millions of dollars each year" for research.
"This is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer's and we give more than any other," Bass said.
Bass encouraged local residents to attend the event, especially if they have been touched by the disease.
"If you've been touched by Alzheimer's, you need to be there because it's a healing process and we'll have a lot of people there going through the same thing as you are going through," Bass said. "We want people to come out and meet others in their same situation and let them know they are not alone in this. It's a healing event. If you have been touched by this disease, you owe it to yourself to come out."
She said there will be events for children such as zoo animals, a bounce castle and face painting.
If people cannot donate money, she said the organization is in need of volunteers.
For more information or to sign up for the walk, visit the association's web site at www.alz.org. People do not have to pre-register for the walk, but it is preferred.
Information about Alzheimer's disease also is available on the association's web site.
People who need emergency assistance regarding the disease can contact a 24-hour hotline manned by professional counselors, Bass said. That hotline is 1-800-272-3900.
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