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WKU STUDENT CROSS-COUNTRY BICYCLING GROUP RAISES $5,200 FOR ALZHEIMER¶S ASSOCIATION IN ELIZABETHTOWN STOP
(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY-July 2, 2010) Five Western Kentucky University students bicycling across the country to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer¶s research added more than $5,200 to their campaign total in a meet-and-greet event at Best Buy in Elizabethtown today. Approximately 200 supporters attended the lunchtime event, and enjoyed live music, giveaways and a cookout-style meal, while hearing about some of the bicyclers¶ backroads adventures. The group, Fijis Across America, began their mission in Oceanside, Calif., on May 25, and will finish in Yorktown, Va., later this month. The young men hope to raise $75,000, which they will donate to the Alzheimer¶s Association¶s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter. With today¶s funds, they now have raised more than $35,000. Best Buy donated $1,000 for every 10 employees who attended the Dixie Highway location welcome party today, and 30 associates came. Best Buy also donated a 42´ flat screen TV for a raffle; an 11-year old boy won the TV. Other donations came from individuals in attendance. Nineteen-year-old WKU sophomore, Tyler Jury, assembled Fijis Across America in memory of his grandfather, Barrett G. Cummings, who succumbed to Alzheimer¶s disease in July 2009. Fiji is a WKU fraternity that strives to embrace the core values of Friendship, Knowledge, Service, Morality and Excellence. Those accompanying Jury on the trip are: Chaz Vittitow, 21-year-old junior from Louisville Mitchell White, 20-year-old junior from Bowling Green Wade Haga, 19-year-old sophomore from Lexington Justin Cave, 18-year-old freshman from Glendale Cameron Hamilton 20-year-old sophomore from Elizabethtown (attends UK) Fijis Across America continues to seek contributions. For more information, visit www.fijisacrossamerica.com or contact Tyler Jury at tyler.jury@gmail.com. About the Alzheimer¶s Association The mission of the Alzheimer¶s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer¶s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information about resources and training for individuals and families facing Alzheimer¶s, visit www.alz.org/kyin, or call 502-451-4266 in the Louisville area, 859-266-5283 in the Lexington area, or 812-475-1012 in the Evansville area.
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