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North Forrest student raises money for Alzheimer awareness

By Jeff Daley jdaley@wdam.com

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A North Forrest High School senior sponsored a 5-k walk at the school Sunday afternoon to raise money and awareness about the plight of people with Alzheimer disease.

Marlee Cameron is doing her senior project on Alzheimer in an attempt to raise awareness in her age group on how devastating the disease is on those that suffer it and the family that has to care for there loved one who has it.

Marlee's great grandmother recently passed away and suffered from the disease before she died. She says the disease is more than being about lost memories.

"This past summer I lost my great grandmother, Nannie Davis to Alzheimer disease and I just wanted to do something so the families wouldn't have to go through what my family went through," said Cameron. "I also wanted to do something so other people didn't have to suffer like she did, because with Alzheimer you are not just sick, you are losing who you are and your personality and everyone you love."

About 30 people took part in the walk and Marlee was able to raise around $750.

Fifty three thousand people in Mississippi suffer from Alzheimer disease.

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