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Walk to End Alzheimer's set for October 9th in Carterville

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The walk will raise funds for Alzheimer's research.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is happening this Saturday, October 9th, in Carterville.

Alzheimer's Association of Southern Illinois Development Manager Olivia Majerchin said the walk is more important than ever, as the pandemic has been especially hard for those with Alzheimer's and dementia.

"COVID has really hit Alzheimer's patients hard, and there's been a 16 percent increase in deaths from Alzheimer's in this past year and a half because of everything having to do with COVID," she said. "So we're really trying to get people back together and fundraising so we can lower that number back down."

The walk is returning to an in-person format, and for the first time the Marion and Carbondale walks will be combined into one event.

The walk will begin at 9 am at the main entrance of John A. Logan College, with on-site registration starting at 8. People can also register online.

Steph Whiteside is a Digital Media News Specialist with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV.