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Annual walk raises funds for Alzheimers research
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Gainesville Walk to End Alzheimer’s

When: Day of registration, 8 a.m. Saturday, event begins at 9 a.m., walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

Where: American Legion Post 7, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

How much: No cost to walk

More info: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2016/GA-Georgia?pg=entry&fr_id=8922

North Georgia residents are invited to don a purple shirt and walk the streets of Gainesville to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer's Association Georgia Chapter is encouraging area residents to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 7 at 2343 Riverside Drive.

Nearly 200 people are expected to participate in the 3-mile walk to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease.

“We encourage people to donate and get involved with Walk to End Alzheimer’s not only to fundraise to help fund research and our free programs and services for people dealing with Alzheimer’s all across Georgia, but to raise awareness of the disease,” said communications director Amy Johnston.

The event will include a program informing participants about Alzheimer’s disease and how to support the association, according to a press release from the organization. The group will also place different-colored forget-me-not flowers in a Promise Garden at the walk’s conclusion to honor those with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family and friends.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support, according to the release. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through research, to provide and enhance care for all affected and to reduce risk through the promotion of brain health. All funds raised through the walk will go toward the organization. Johnston said the fundraising number changes by the hour, but more than $15,600 had been raised by Monday afternoon.

Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m. The walk will start 30 minutes after.

Participants are asked to wear purple, the cause’s brand color. Registered participants who reach a minimum fundraising goal of $200 will receive a T-shirt. Everyone is asked to register and can do so online, where donations can also be made, at http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2016/GA-Georgia?pg=entry&fr_id=8922.

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