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Walkers Take Steps to End Alzheimers

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For those who still want to get a little exercise and support a good cause, there's the 19th Annual Walk to End Alzheimers.

Families, friends, and teams gather at Century High School in support of finding a cure for Alzheimers disease.

Alzheimers is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fourth leading cause of death in North Dakota.

As walkers circle the track, they carry bright flowers, each color representing how Alzheimers has affected their lives.

One volunteer holds this fundraiser close to her heart as her mother was diagnosed with this disease.

"Already in such a severe category, no medications could even touch it. And three years and three months after diagnosis, she was gone. And that was just three months ago. So, very personal tie to this and the volunteer work that I do for the Alzheimers Association gives her whole struggle some purpose," says Bonnie Dowhaniuk, Chair of the Planning Committee.

The majority of the funds raised will go towards research to finding a cure or other medications to help slow the progression of this disease.

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