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Forget me Not supports Alheimers Association

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some golfers had a great excuse to hit the links Monday afternoon in Albany.     Every 70-seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimers disease.     It's the 6th leading cause of death for people over 65.    

Monday, these golfers supported the Alzheimers Association by playing in the Forget me not tournament.     Golf pro Sonny Skinner's father died in January after suffering from the disease.      

His wife Sarah of nearly 58-years thanked people who support Alzheimers research through events like this.  She said, "It warms my heart because as a caregiver, sometimes you don't see the people who are supporting you.  You don't know the number of people who have gone through the same disease as you have."

Organizer Dan Phillips said, "A portion of the money is going to go for research and the other money we raise will stay right here in Southwest Georgia to help the individuals and their caregivers."    

23 teams participated in today's tournament.    Organizers hope to raise about $25,000.

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