A step toward ending Alzheimer’s

Despite the rain, people in the community still came forward to help make a step towards ending a disease that affects millions of Americans.
Published: Sep. 10, 2022 at 11:29 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Rain or shine — the Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants showed up at Sucks Lake Saturday morning. The wet weather didn’t put a damper on the event, as people in the community still came forward to help make a step towards ending a disease that affects the lives of millions of Americans.

Around 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 35,000 Nebraskans are living with the Alzheimer’s or dementia and over 61,000 people care for loved one with the disease.

Both caretakers, those with the disease and other supporters across the Grand Island community gathered before 9 a.m. to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. The crowd then took to the pavement for a purposeful stroll around the lake.

Cassie Larreau, Walk Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association told Local4 News, they see some people coming back from year to year.

“We have a gal who, when I started six years ago with the association, she’s living with the disease and she still comes out every year, “ Larreau noted. “Rain or shine — she told me last night — she was going to make sure she had her umbrella and a jacket.”

Larreau continued, the association is thankful for the families who see what they do and want to support that.

There were a handful of businesses and services such as, a financial advisors and hearing aid companies, available at the event to help out those who have Alzheimer’s.

Carrying through the rainstorm, Larreau is grateful with the turnout of the walk.

“We had an amazing turn out for how the weather is,” she said. “I think that today is so important and our turnout is so indicative of how powerful this disease is and the reach that it has.”