Walk Raising Money for Alzheimer's Disease
Thousands of people are walking in the next few months all across the country to help end Alzheimer's disease.
By the time people have finished reading the story at least two more people will have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Someone develops Alzheimer's disease every 67 seconds. Ellen Garber's mom was one of them.
Ellen is a volunteer and said, "I want people to know that it can happen to them. If you have a brain you're in danger."
Steve Olding of the Alzheimer's Association said, "Plaques and tangles basically develop in the brain and slowly kill the brain over time."
Marge Donoghue also has Alzheimer's. Her husband Terry now takes care of her. They've been married 47 years. The event for them has been life changing in many ways. It's the big things but in others it's the little things. For example, Marge used to love to cook and she can't do those things anymore.
So together they are teaming up to make a big difference in the disease. They formed Marge's Minions in 2015. The team raises money through fundraisers that auction off gift baskets to raise money for Alzheimer's research.
Terry and Marge will also walk with Steve, Ellen and thousands of others in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's this year. They said the walks held all-around the country were the largest support groups in the world for people living with Alzheimer's.
If you want to find out more about a walk or fundraiser for Alzheimer's near you go to the Alzheimer's Association's website www.alz.org