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      Local Businesses Join in Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease

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      Nearly 2,200 people suffer from Alzheimer's Disease in Buffalo County alone, which is why the Kearney business community is getting together to take big strides for awareness and funding. Ashley Furniture employees gathered Saturday morning to find ideas to help raise money and awareness for the Walk To End Alzheimer's event this September. They're joining 21 other businesses and community leaders to help with Kearney For A Cure. Organizers say getting businesses involved is a great way to reach a new audience.

      "Everybody in the community knows all these places in Kearney, they all have good reputations and to get all the community members involved," said store manager Bill Kretz. "I think it's just going to spread the awareness and get the word out there much better." "When business leaders are involved they can get their employees involved and people that come into the business and it's going to make the walk so much bigger," said Alzheimer's Association's Susie Peterson. "It's going to help us raise more funds and increase awareness about Alzheimer's disease." Each corporate team will commit to raise $1,000 for the walk which will take place September 18th at the Peterson Senior Center. Other businesses include First National Bank, Eakes Office Supply and the Buckle.

      REPORTER'S NOTES: Businesses and community leaders taking part in this event include:

      Kearney CrossfitMayor Stan ClouseFarmer's Merchants BankCash-wa DistributionBlack Oak InvestmentKearney Area Chamber of CommerceYMCAThe BuckleBuffalo County FairgroundsAshley FurnitureWells Fargo BankSchrock ChiropracticFirst National Bank Park SchoolColdwell BankerNRG MediaFamily Practice AssociatesLind EyecareEakes Office PlusTy Law Firm Reverend Chad Anderson

      More information on the walk can be found at www.alz.org.

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