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Over $82,000 Raised from Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease
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27 September 2017  
Individuals walk along the route in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Annual Fundraiser for Support, Care and Research of Alzheimer’s Disease Surpasses Goal 

PRESCOTT- Northern Arizona Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter Kerri Uehlein said in a phone interview Wednesday, September 27th, over $82,000 was raised for support, care and research of Alzheimer’s disease from the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“It’s great to see the support and people coming out to enjoy themselves and having a good time," Uehlein said. “I really had an amazing amount of volunteers who literally this wouldn’t have happened without.”

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Hundreds of people filled downtown Prescott Saturday, September 23rd, to participate in the annual fundraiser. During the walk, individuals carried different colored flowers to signify whether they are currently caring for someone with the disease, has Alzheimer’s disease themselves, lost somebody to the disease or is just supporting the cause.

Co-Chair for the organization Margaret Conway lost her mother, grandmother, and aunt to Alzheimer’s disease. Conway has participated in the walk for ten years and was thrilled to see the high amount of support from the community.

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“It swells the heart to know that people are coming out and supporting the organization,” Conway said. "(The walk) adds a lot of support and compassion, particularly to the people who are now experiencing the disease, and it’s empathy to people who have lost someone. It gives you encouragement to see people are willing to come out and donate and fight for us to find a cure.”

A key point to this walk is to provide a community for those who are affected by the disease and allow for a chance to come together.

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“It just really shows people that they are not alone,” Uehlein said. “I think people feel like they don’t want to talk about it…here we can show there is a lot of support for people, those that are caregivers, those that have dementia, those who have lost a loved one, that it is not just within their own family.”

Through donations, the goal of $81,000 has been surpassed by more than $1,000. Uehlein hopes to grow the event in the future and get more people involved.