Kickball teams hit the field to kick Alzheimers

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Posted on December 4, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:18 PM

CHESAPEAKE -- It was a day of fun and games in the name of raising awareness for Alzheimer's.

The first annual YAAA! Kickin Alzheimer's Kickball Tournament was a success, benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.

12 teams came out to support the effort, including a crew from WVEC.

Some teams were in honor of victims of Alzheimer's, like Florentino Malig, Gerry Malig's father. Florentino Malig died just two weeks ago after suffering from the disease for seven years.

Malig was a retired Navy veteran.

"I'm choking up a little bit just thinking of it," Malig said. "It makes me really happy that all my family and friends are coming out here to support for a great, great cause."

Another member of the Malig family had some advice for others coping with family members who have the disease.

"You're going to be part of the Alzheimer's disease by being the caretaker and you need that support, you need to get away for awhile. Get refreshed to be that support for that person," Julie Malig said.

30,000 people in Southeast Virginia have Alzheimer's and the numbers are growing.

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