Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises record amount for research

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of walkers, spectators, family and friends turned out for the 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer’s in downtown Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Beautiful weather brought out people like Don Orange.

“I’m walking for my mother and grandmother. My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s and my mom is in the last stages of it right now,” said Orange.

This is his third Walk To End Alzheimer’s.

The Walk To End Alzheimer’s helps fund research and expand services for folks living with this life-altering disease.

“This signature event for the Alzheimer’s Association brings people together because Alzheimer’s effects so many people,” said Mark Fried, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma chapter.

“It is not only gratifying and exciting but its incredibly humbling to the Alzheimer’s Association to know that we are not fighting this disease alone,” he added

OU football star quarterback Trevor Knight and some of his teammates also came out to support The Walk To End Alzheimer’s.

A record $420,000 was raised Saturday and NewsChannel 4’s Lance West, who helped promote The Walk To End Alzheimer’s, dyed his hair purple for reaching this substantial monetary goal.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in America.

Right now, there is no way to slow it down or stop it and there is no cure.

For more information, visit The Walk To End Alzheimer’s’ website.

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