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Lubbock Blondes and Brunettes to 'tackle' Alzheimer's disease

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Every year, the Alzheimer's Association of West Texas hosts their Walk to End Alzheimer's.

They've raised thousands of dollar to go toward care, support, and research efforts for the disease.  

This year, Alzheimer's Association organizers are adding a new approach to fundraising by tackling Alzheimer's on the field by hosting an all women's football game called Blondes vs. Brunettes.

"This was the brain child of a young lady named Sara Abbott who is from Washington D.C. who had a father with Alzheimer's disease. She came up with the event and it's been extremely successful," Lubbock Alzheimer's Association Director Shannon Ramos said. 

Every year cities like Dallas, Houston, and Washington D.C. hold the annual football game.

In Dallas last year, the event raised $350,000. Now, Ramos and her volunteers are bringing the game to Lubbock.

"We wanted to offer an opportunity in the community for young people to participate in something other than the walk.  More of a fundraiser that would reach out to them," Ramos said.

A new report released this month by the Alzheimer's Association has some startling figures. It says 1 in 6 women over the age of 65 are at risk for developing Alzheimer's. That's compared to 1 in 11 men.

Dr. Maria Carrillo, with the National Alzheimer's Association, says the statistics are scary.

"In women in their 60's, women are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease over the course of the rest of their lives than they are to develop breast cancer," Carrillo said.

Ramos says that's why the Alzheimer's Association is working to hold a Blondes vs Brunettes game on Saturday, June 21, at the Jones AT&T Stadium.

They are also holding a draft party Tuesday, Apr. 1, at Buffalo Wild Wings on 19th Street.  It's an opportunity for girls to learn more information. Participants can also register online at: http://www.alz.org/westtexas/

And for more information, visit the Lubbock Blondes vs Brunettes Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bvblbk.

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