More Than 160 Participate in Neb. Alzheimer's Walk

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Supporters in North Platte have taken to the streets to help support Alzheimer's research.

162 people participated Sunday in the first Hike to the Spike fundraiser.

Walkers and runners traveled 2 1/2 miles from North Platte's Linden Estates neighborhood to the city's Golden Spike Tower and visitor's center, a 120-foot-tall tower that overlooks the Union Pacific rail yard at North Platte -- believed to be the world's largest rail yard.

Organizers report the event raised $18,000 to combat Alzheimer's.

An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's or similar dementias. It is the sixth-leading killer. There is no cure; treatments only temporarily ease some symptoms.

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