Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises awareness, funds for research

Updated: Oct. 28, 2019 at 7:47 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Hundreds of participants took part in the Wilmington Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 2, in Wrightsville Beach.

The event raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. According to organizers, the event is held annually in more than 600 communities across the nation.

Registration will began at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wrightsville Beach Park. A special ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

“The ceremony is really the backbone of the event," said Jenn Briand, development manager for the Walk. "It’s where people can honor and remember the loved ones they’ve lost to Alzheimer’s.”

562 participants and 83 teams had signed up to participate in the walk.

Organizers set a goal of raising $130,000. They beat that goal by drastically and raised $137,878.

“All we can do is be hopeful," said Cookie Giannini, a walker. “We have to keep fighting the good fight and hoping that there will be a cure at one point.”

For more information on the event and how to coordinate a walk, click here.

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