Alzheimer's group seeking ‘Champions'

Participants will go on a “Memory Walk” today.


Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 6:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 6:52 p.m.

The Alzheimer's Association is looking for local “Champions” to participate in the fight against Alzheimer's by participating in the annual Memory Walk, to be held at Haile Plantation at 8 a.m. today.

The goal of the event is to raise about $65,000 for funding Alzheimer's care, support and research programs.

“Every 70 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's,” said Cindy Godwin, the director of development for the Alzheimer's Association.

The association helps the estimated 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's and their families to cope with the fatal disease, which has no cure.

The main goal for many who participate in the walk is continued hope for a future cure.

“I lived the caregiver life for 12 years and I know how hard it is,” said Brenda Bratcher, whose mother-in-law Eva Bratcher died of the disease in 2008.

She began attending the Memory Walk in 2002, enjoying the sense of community and understanding shared among those who participate.

“You see that there are so many other people in the same boat; everybody's out there for the same reason,” Bratcher said. “It just brings people together and helps people know they're not alone.”

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