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Walk to End Alzheimer's Saturday in Palm Desert, More Walkers Sought

The 14th annual event is expected to raise more than $120,000 for a local organization that helps Alzeheimer's patients and their family members.

Approximately 1,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday to Palm Desert Civic Center Park for the 14th annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m., but registration— which will still be available day-of— begins at 9 a.m., according to event organizers, who encouraged more people to sign up.

The walk consists of a 2-mile route and its focus is to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

"Walk to End Alzheimer’s will include a live performance by national recording artist and popular smooth jazz saxophonist Will Donato, live music from the Delgado Blue Band, a food court with a boxed lunch courtesy of Sherman's Deli, awards, and a festival area with wellness exhibits andchildren’s activities," a press release for the event states. 

Walkers who raise $100 will get a commemorative T-shirt, but there's no set limit or cost for the event.

At last year's event, $121,000 was raised.  The goal this year is $125,000, organizers tell Patch.

The money raised benefits the Rancho Mirage chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association, which will use it to help local patients and their family members.

There is an estimated 11,000 people in the Valley who are suffering from Alzheimer's, and more than 5 million in the United States, the organization said.

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