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Walks to End Alzheimer's Hits Home for One Family

The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place on Saturday at Medi Park. With more than 340,000 people living with Alzheimer's in Texas, for many families, the walk hits close to home.

The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place on Saturday at Medi Park. With more than 340,000 people living with Alzheimer's in Texas, for many families, the walk hits close to home.

Matt Henry is just one example. He will walk this weekend for someone very special.

"My mother passed away in January at 67 years old from Alzheimer's," Henry said.

His mother struggled with the disease for many years, so now he and his family, among others, will walk as "Maggie's Warriors" to raise money and awareness about this debilitating disease.

"People think it's an old people disease and it's not," Allison Henry, Matt's wife said, "I mean it's younger people, and our family's definitely been affected by it."

The Henry's say the affects were not only emotional but financial as well.

The cost for 24 hour care can run thousands of dollars a day.

"It's hard. It really does take a toll on the family.  The caregivers. You can walk in and say hi to your mother, and she'd recognize your voice for a split second, and two seconds later she's there and doesn't know who you are," Matt said "It's hard to see the bare branches without the memories there."

But the memory of his mother lives on this weekend, as then Henrys walk to end Alzheimer's. Matt will be sporting a colorful new hair-do and possibly even a tutu as an incentive for people to donate. You can still sign up, or donate money here.  

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