HANNIBAL, Mo. -- More than $15,000 has been raised by the Hannibal community for Alzheimer's care, support and research ahead of the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday in Hannibal.
The event, organized by the Alzheimer's Association, already has more than 100 people registered.
"I've heard a lot of positive things said about bringing the walk to Hannibal," said Stephanie Orf of O'Fallon, who manages area walks. "We want to raise awareness about Alzheimer's, share stories and bring people together. I think we'll have a great turnout."
Since the Alzheimer's Association held its first walk in 1989, more than 600 communities annually have joined the effort.
The association estimates there are more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, which physicians define as progressive mental deterioration in middle or old age because of general brain degeneration. Estimates also show that someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease every 65 seconds.
There is no cure.
Participants for each Walk to End Alzheimer's are asked to make tax-deductible donations rather than pay a registration fee.
Those participating in the Hannibal walk will meet at the Admiral Coontz Armory, 301 Warren Barrett Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Vendors will be set up inside the armory as well as a kids' area with an inflatable obstacle course.
Participants can choose between a 1-mile or 3-mile walk. Those on the shorter route will travel to the Dempsey Dog Park and back. The 3-mile walking group will loop through Sodalis Nature Preserve trails.
More information is at act.alz.org/hannibal2018.