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ST. CLOUD - Hundreds brought umbrellas and rain jackets this morning for the St. Cloud Walk to End Alzheimer's at Lake George.

Over 1,000 participants were expected to attend. The walk will raise money for Alzheimer's treatment and research. Participants were also able to learn more about the disease and how to become more involved.

CEO of the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota and North Dakota Chapter, Sue Spalding says a community walk is one of the best ways someone can become involved in fighting the disease.

"A lot of people are always wondering what they can do to help and how to get involved, a walk is one of the easiest ways to do that" Spalding said.

Even with the rain pouring at times this morning, it did little to deter people from participating.

"People come out no matter what, they really want to show that we're in this to win it" Spalding said.

Alzheimer's Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with thinking, memory, and behavior. Symptoms typically develop slowly and increase as time goes on.

Alzheimer's is a growing problem in the country, with more than 5 million Americans suffering from the disease.

Additional information on Alzheimer's, and ways to contribute towards the cause can be found here.

 

Dan DeBaun, WJON News