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Dann's Angels Hosts Bowl-A-Thon To Benefit Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's is a disease that affects about five million people in the United States each year and 36,000 of those people are right here in West Virginia.

On Sunday afternoon a group called Dann's Angels gathered together at Suburban Lanes to help raise money for a cure.

"People don't realize that Alzheimer's at the moment is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. So it's important to educate the public on that," said Dann Hardman, team captain.

Events like this help the cause because Alzheimer's disease is one that doesn't always receive the most funding.

"I think we're the top sixth disease in the United States and sometimes the funding isn't there. So we need events like this to help us raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's disease," said Christina Beck, coordinator of the Alzheimer's Association.

Hardman started Dann's Angels as a way to raise awareness and money for a cure. He started his team last year because it's a disease that affects his own family.

"My mother is currently afflicted with the disease and her father died from Alzheimer's and naturally that's my grandfather so that's my motivation and that's where my heart is in raising the money," Hardman said.

Organizers said it's important to have fundraisers and events like this to educate the public on a disease that has the potential to affect anyone of all ages.

"I think it's very important just because if you have a brain you can get Alzheimer's disease and it affects people of all ages. It could be even children. My own children have a grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's disease so they see the disease everyday," Beck said.

Hardman hopes to continue the bowl-a-thon in the future as a way to give back to the community.

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