LEWISTON — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Lewiston and Auburn residents to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s by participating in the annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. The one-mile walk will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the LePage Conference Center.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic that is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease every 70 seconds. By mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds.

“There has never been a greater need for Lewiston/Auburn citizens to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Memory Walk,” said Sarah Stepp, an Alzheimer’s Association spokesperson. “As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and funds raised will provide support services to the 37,000 residents of Maine living with Alzheimer’s.”

Participants who raise $50 or more will receive a 2009 Memory Walk t-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit www.alz.org/memorywalk.

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