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Alzheimer's Memory Walk raises awareness

By By Penny Randall / staff writer
Oct. 3, 2003
About 4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease a progressive illness that makes it hard for people to remember things or think correctly.
On Saturday, people from East Mississippi will gather for the Alzheimer's Memory Walk at Bonita Lakes. The goal of the Alzheimer's Association is to raise awareness of the disease.
This year's honorary chairpersons are Mary Perry, her sister, Callie Cole, and their brother, Jesse Brewster. The three are involved because Alzheimer's has touched their family.
Their brother, David Brewster, a retired sergeant major in the U.S. Army and now a resident at King's Daughters and Sons Rest Home, suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
Barb Dobrosky, program director for the Mississippi Alzheimer's Association and local branch director, said the emphasis of this year's annual Memory Walk is memories through pictures and education to break the denial cycle.
The annual Memory Walk raises money for Alzheimer's research and education.
In case of rain, the walk will be held inside of Bonita Lakes Mall. Walkers are asked to meet in front of the J.C. Penney court.
For more information about the Alzheimer's Association, call toll-free (877) 525-4357 or visit www.alz.org.
WANT TO GO?
What: Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk
When: Saturday
Where: Bonita Lakes
Registration: 8 a.m. followed by warm-ups for walker at 8:45 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m.
Charge: $25
For information: 483-4720

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