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Campbell County to host Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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By Megan Muse

Alzheimer’s disease claims more lives nationwide than breast cancer and prostate cancer and has become the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. But, statistics are not stopping a group in Campbell County from lending a helping hand.

Every year, more than 600 communities nationwide participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The proceeds that are raised from the walk are funded directly toward the Alzheimer’s Association and their research efforts. Campbell County has also taken part in this great effort to fundraise.

Leslee Lamb, team coordinator for Campbell County, hopes to get the area more involved and spread the cause throughout the county. Lamb has coordinated events that will inform locals and help to raise funds for the walk that will be happening in Jellico this year. On July 26, First Volunteer Bank hosted an ice cream social from which the proceeds will directly benefit the walk.

Rebecca Williams, manager of development for the Alzheimer’s Association, said that the money raised will do more than help research efforts. The organization also provides care and support to families as well as treatment and care planning.

In addition to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s that will be taking place on Sept. 7 at Indian Mountain State Park, Mudding to Remember will occur on Aug. 31 at the same location. Lamb added that she hopes to establish more events like the ice cream social as well as a pancake breakfast. All upcoming events put in place will help involve Campbell County on a larger scale as well as help a worthy cause.