Annual Alzheimer’s fundraiser on Saturday


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LUMBERTON — Anyone who would like to join the fight against the nation’s No. 6 killer can do so on Saturday by taking a walk.

The Robeson County Walk To End Alzheimer’s, which raises money to benefit the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be held at the Ruby D. McMillan Fellowship Center at Wesley Pines Retirement Community.

Registration for the two-hour event begins at 9 a.m., with a speaker and ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.

Participants can register at the event or in advance online at act.alz.org/lumbertonnc. There is no registration fee, but participants who raise $50 will receive a T-shirt.

Last year’s event was washed away by Hurricane Matthew, and this year the goal is to raise $10,000. Even though the walk was not held last year, $6,000 was raised locally for the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For information about the event, contact Amy Hammond, the chairman, at 910-272-3006 or ahammond@umrh.org.

According to Hammonds, the disease, which impairs memory, thinking and behavior, affects more than 5 million Americans, and a new diagnosis is made every 66 seconds. But it also affects 15 million unpaid caregivers who must help those afflicted with the disease with once-simple tasks such as getting dressed and eating dinner.

She pointed out that Alzheimer’s disease receives “only a fraction” of funding for research when compared with some other deadly diseases, and it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

“We need your help to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support for caregivers,” Hammond said. “Please join us on our Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

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