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Hundreds Walk to End Alzheimer's

August 24, 2019 10:47 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- It’s a horrible disease that robs people of their memories. While there has been progress in treating Alzheimer’s, there is still no cure or way to slow its progression.

That's why a sea of purple washed over the grounds of RCTC Saturday morning; more than 700 took part in the 25th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rochester.

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Statewide, more than 2,700 people died from Alzheimer’s last year and an estimated 97,000 people are currently living with some form of dementia in Minnesota.

"A person with Alzheimer’s will go back in time and find a safe place and usually remember something that happened 30, 40 years ago,” said Debbie Eddy, the Community Engagement Manager for the Rochester Alzheimer’s Association. “They struggle with their speech, they struggle with recognizing their husbands, their wives, their grandchildren."

For the milestone event organizers set a milestone goal and beat it, raising more than $136, 000 and counting. That money goes towards helping families impacted by Alzheimer’s and finding a cure.

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