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      Hoping for a cure, one step at a time

      2012 Walk Start (KenChelle Photography)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- According to the Alzheimer's Association, nearly 80,000 people in South Carolina are living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.

      It's a hope for a cure that gets people all over the country, and more than a thousand right here in the Lowcountry, up on their feet. They're walking to raise money and awareness of this debilitating disease.

      "There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Charleston to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Cindy Alewine, President/CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter.{} "For many of us, Alzheimer's is personal. We can remember the day that our loved one was diagnosed or when they no longer recognized their family. It is a heartbreaking disease that must be stopped."

      Here are a few facts about Alzheimer's.

      • 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia
      • Last year 15.4 million caregivers provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion
      • Another American develops the disease every 68 seconds
      • Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation.

      The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at Patriots Point Saturday September 21. It starts at 9 a.m. and the event will include a ceremony to honor those affected by the disease.

      Registration is free at www.alz.org/sc/walk. Participants are encouraged to raise funds or make donations. All funds raised will help provide care and support services as well as fund research towards a cure.

      To learn more about the event, visit our Community Calendar by clicking here.

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