Event organizer Laurel Coleman, MD

By Léo Azambuja

About 200 people from more than 20 teams raised roughly $40,000 for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease during the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Aug. 12 at Kapa‘a Beach Park. The event included a three-mile walk, a hearty lunch served for all participants and a silent auction.

The sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women, and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

In the U.S., someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds, and this year alone, the disease will cost the U.S. $259 billion, a figure expected to rise to more than $1 trillion by 2050.

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