2007-10-24 / Local News

Channel 7's Tom Crabtree is honorary chair of Memory Walk

TOM CRABTREE TOM CRABTREE Anchorman Tom Crabtree from News Channel 7 is the honorary chair for this year's Alzheimer's Memory Walk scheduled for October 27th in downtown Gaffney. He will start the walk off from the Gaffney City Fire Department with registration at 10 a.m. and the walk starting at 11 a.m. The community is invited to walk with Tom!

Tom Crabtree is a native Carolinian and has been a broadcast professional for over 25 years. He co-anchors WSPA's afternoon and evening newscasts. In addition, Crabtree is highly involved in the community supporting organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association.

"Alzheimer's has impacted friends of mine. Some are living with the disease. Others are taking care of a mother or father with Alzheimer's. All of us have great hope for major medical discoveries that will ease the impact of the disease. Fundraisers and awareness campaigns sponsored by our local chapters of the Alzheimer's Association help those discoveries happen sooner. I'm honored to join the people of Cherokee County for the October 27th walk."

Currently, there is no cure for the disease but with the Cherokee County Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk and your help, there is hope.

Crabtree says, "Alzheimer's Disease has been in the news more and more over the last two decades. Fortunately much of what's reported involves breakthroughs in understanding and treating the disease. Just this week, News Channel 7 had a report on a new blood test being developed that may one day provide early warning of Alzheimer's."

Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 72 seconds and with your support the Association hopes to decrease that number. All donations collected in Cherokee County remain in Cherokee County.

In addition to Tom Crabtree, the Limestone College cheerleading squad will be there to cheer on the walkers.

Children are encouraged to come out and trick-or-treat in the downtown shops and participate in a costume contest. Lunch and entertainment will be provided.

The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer's research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families, and caregivers.

For more information about supporting the Alzheimer's Association, please call Jonna Turner at 864-902-8932.

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