Walking to End Alzheimer's

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

STAUNTON -- On Saturday morning, folks in Staunton walked to end a disease that afflicts more than five million Americans: Alzheimer's.

Nearly 200 walkers walked to end Alzheimer's Disease, raising awareness and money for research. They also raised their flowers, representing the roles they play in the fight against Alzheimer's, whether as a patient, caregiver or advocate.

Sue Friedman, president and CEO of the Central and Western Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, said Alzheimer's is a difficult and debilitating disease.

"Someone once said Alzheimer's is like having another child," Friedman said. "Well it's absolutely not like having a child. Someone dealing with Alzheimer's or dementia cannot remember. They cannot learn. And therefore they are completely dependent and reliant on their caregivers."

At the time the race started, walkers had raised nearly $26,000 to go toward finding a cure.

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