Posted: Sep 29, 2012 5:36 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News
Hundreds of people were at Waller Park in Orcutt on Saturday taking steps to help end a deadly disease.
The Alzheimer's Association held its annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The Association provides support and services to people and families who are affected by the disease, which organizers are calling "the epidemic of this time."
They say that unlike other diseases, there is no cure for Alzheimer's, and no way to slow down its progression.
Through research done by the Association, they want to treat it, cure it, and slow down its progression.
They say that Saturday's event was not just a fundraiser, but was about increasing awareness, and an opportunity for families to come together.
Organizers say that about 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.
This was the third of six walks that are taking place this year.
Upcoming walks will take place in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Bakersfield.
If you or someone you know is dealing with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the local chapter's support line is available 24-7 by calling (800) 272-3900, or you can click here.
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