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Maria's March to raise Alzheimer awareness

Maria's March to raise Alzheimer awareness
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August 19, 2010
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Maria's March to raise Alzheimer awareness

Longtime Alzheimer advocate and First Lady of California Maria Shriver will once again bring awareness to Alzheimer's disease with the inaugural Maria Shriver's March on Alzheimer's, a 5K march and candlelight vigil to be held Sunday, Oct. 24, in Long Beach, Calif.

Maria's March will benefit the Alzheimer's Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

Scheduled to join Shriver on the March are Alzheimer's Association Champions Peter Gallagher and Soleil Moon Frye and other celebrities, including Rob Lowe, Jane Fonda and event emcee Leeza Gibbons.

Shriver, whose father, Sargent, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2003, was an executive producer of HBO's "The Alzheimer's Project," which included the Emmy Award-winning segment "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am," based on her best-selling children's book, What's Happening to Grandpa?

In 2009, Shriver testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, offering advice to families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and asking the committee for increased funding for Alzheimer's disease programs and research.

Click here to sign up for Maria's March. A minimum donation of $25 is required to sign up, and all participants are encouraged to raise additional funds to support the Alzheimer's Association.

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Read the Huffington Post article about the event here.

Learn more about Shriver's efforts in the fight against Alzheimer's here.

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