Walking to end Alzheimer's disease


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) People raised money for Alzheimer's one step at a time at the eighth annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Participants endured the rainy weather Saturday morning to raise money for the local branch of the Alzheimer's Association, which provides services and support to sufferers of the disease and their families.

The office's regional director, Teresa Black, has a personal connection to Alzheimer's. She said her grandmother has the disease and went from living independently to needing full-time care very quickly.

"What my grandmother went through in six months, sometimes it can take someone five to six years to go through that," Black said. "So by having events like this, it helps to keep my office open in Grand Junction where people can sit down and ask questions about the journey they're going through."

Black said they don't know the totals for the funds raised with the walk yet, but they hope to get $59,000. People can continue to donate through October.

"This is one of the few times in the course of this disease when we get to get out and have a little bit of fun so we try to make this event as fun as we can," she said. "But the ultimate goal is to raise some money to be able to support the education programs on the Western Slope."


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