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Flamingos flocking to fight Alzheimer's Disease

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Through the month of August, you may be surprised to find flamingos flocking to the Lubbock area.  The birds are made of plastic, but they're here to save lives.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater.  Until then, dozens of walkers are working to raise as much money as they can. 

The team at Allegiance Behavior Health has come up with a creative way to raise money, by "flocking" yards with pink, plastic flamingos. For a $25 fee, customers can have the team go to a friend or family member's house and fill their yard full of flamingos. The plastic birds remain in the yards for about 24 hours.  

Organizer Lauren Peel, with Allegiance, says flocking is a light-hearted attempt at raising awareness for the Walk to End Alzheimer's while raising money.

"We've had a lot of fun doing it, we've really enjoyed it. And I do believe it has raised awareness," Peel said.

The Alzheimer's Association says Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.  

For more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer's, visit www.act.alz.org.

For more information on how to purchase a "flocking," contact Lauren Peel at 806-729-6389.

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