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Oklahoma City Memory Walk raises money for Alzheimer's research



Oklahoma City Memory Walk
AT&T Bricktown Ballpark
2 S. Mickey Mantle
Registration, 8:30 a.m.; Run 10 a.m. Saturday

Across the nation, 5.3 million people have Alzheimer's disease; 75,000 live in Oklahoma.

The Alzheimer's Association hosts the Oklahoma City Memory Walk 10 a.m. Saturday at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle. The annual walk is the association's trademark event in the state. This year, about 1,500 walkers are expected to lend a helping foot or two in support.

Currently, Alzheimer's is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. However, the fight to conquer the disease is alive and well, said Keili McEwen, Alzheimer's Association regional director.

"The disease is growing, but so is awareness," she said. "Still, we are continuously dedicated to finding a cure."

Face painting, live music and a bouncy castle are all on the agenda. Prior to kickoff, walkers can participate in a Zumba warm-up and rub elbows with the walk's honorary grand marshal, Rumble the Bison, Thunder mascot.

The walk consists of either a 1-mile or half-mile trek through Bricktown. The course is wheelchair-accessible, McEwen said. Participants can form teams or enter individually with no entry fees; however each walker is asked to raise money to aid in Alzheimer's research.

Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit "Ta'Chelle Jones

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