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Alzheimer's Walk set for downtown Marshall tonight

By Naomi Prioleau
Oct. 3, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Marshall's 20th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's is scheduled to take place at Telegraph Park downtown this evening. Sponsored by the Pilot Club of Marshall, registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the walk follows at 7 p.m.

Luminaries will be sold for $10 and also lit in a special lighting ceremony at the end of the walk in honor of Alzheimer's victims.

The Alzheimer's Alliance of Northeast Texas fundraiser benefits the Alzheimer's Association but a portion of the proceeds raised from this event benefit 16 counties in East Texas including Marshall and Harrison County.

Those interested in taking part in the walk can either walk and make a donation, enlist a team, become a corporate sponsor or sponsor an Alzheimer's Awareness Sign.

An Alzheimer's support group meets the second Sunday of every month at 2:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall in the executive boardroom for anyone interested in learning more about the disease.

Anne Yappen, an organizer for the event, said the annual walk caters to victims of the disease and their caregivers who tirelessly care for their loved ones.

"It's to make money toward finding a cure, but also to make money to keep locally to pay for respite for caregivers that are totally worn down," Ms. Yappen said. "I don't think there's anyone who hasn't been touched by Alzheimer's or know someone who has the disease. We all know how hard it is to be a caregiver."

Walkers will follow a route which goes through downtown, around the courthouse and concludes at Telegraph Park.

Refreshments are provided at the conclusion of the walk. For more information call Ms. Yappen at (903) 930-2105.



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