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When Brownie-Junior Troop 2861 of Waldorf finished participating in the Fannie Mae Homeless Walk, its members turned their attention to the next cause that would benefit from their collective enthusiasm and support.

The girls, who range in age from 7 to 10, are always eager to offer help.

Not only do they earn their official Girl Scout badges, but they enjoy helping others.

They understand that senior citizens are valuable and want to help in the fight against Alzheimer's, now the sixth leading cause of death in the nation and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the nation without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

To support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be in September, the 12 girls in the troop decided that they each would be responsible for collecting seven cases with 24 bottles per case.

Troop 2861 will be collecting the water over summer vacation and will deliver the water to the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter’s Southern Maryland regional office in La Plata on Sept. 3.

If the troop achieve its goal, they will deliver 84 cases or 1,876 bottles of water to the chapter.

“The girls in the troop feel it's important to help their community,” said Lakeysha Moore, troop leader, in a news release. “This year they completed several service projects, including a food drive, walk for the homeless, visiting an assisted living facility, sponsoring a baby for Christmas and donating cookies to the local fire department.”

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is part of the movement to reclaim the future for millions.

Since 1989, the walks have mobilized millions of Americans in the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

The Southern Maryland walks, which will take place in Waldorf and Solomons Island, are expected to attract more than 800 walkers this year.

For more information, call Linda Gottfried at 301-934-5856 or go to alz.org/nca.