A hiker with a passion to give is hitting the Arizona Trail Thursday morning to raise money for a great cause - the American Alzheimer's Association.
Blake Gardner loves hiking and more importantly, he wants to help cure Alzheimer's which is what brings him to Arizona.
Blake Gardner is hiking the Arizona Trail to raise money for @alzassociation ... here's how you can help ----->
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"I'm trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's with hopes they find it before my kids get to my age," says Gardner.
The Arizona Trail runs 800 miles - from South of Tucson and ends at the Utah border. The journey is expected to be completed in 6-7 weeks.
Gardner says, "I'm packed and ready to go - figure I will get my supplies along the way and stop in the towns."
The goal is to raise $5,000 for the American Alzheimer's Association with hopes of raising more.
Gardner says, this disease deteriorates a persons health and wipes away precious memories of a lifetime which is something he has seen firsthand with five family members diagnosed with the disease.
"The biggest thing is watching their loved one - lose their memory they may not be able to remember who you are at any given day," says Gardner. Adding, "what's even tougher is when it gets to the end and people start losing the memory of being able to do simple things such as eat."
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