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Western Maryland Walk to End Alzheimer's

Hundreds gathered today in Frederick for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Western Maryland. WHAG’s Shayna Halper hosted the event, and brings us this story.

FREDERICK, Md. - Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and more than five million people are living with the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. They say nearly 15-million people are providing those with Alzheimer’s unpaid care.

Hundreds of people gathered in Frederick for the Alzheimer’s Association walk to end Alzheimer’s in Western Maryland.

“I walk for my dad. He got Alzheimer’s in his fifties, and we lost him at an early age, so I always do this in honor of my dad,” says Mary Ann Farr, Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Maryland.

“My mother-in-law, my husband, my father-in-law, and my mother-in-laws brother had Alzheimer’s, and I helped to take care of them,” says Barbara Zimmerman, a caretaker for her relatives who battled Alzheimer’s.

“My husband passed away in July after 12-years of Alzheimer’s and I’m here in support of him. The walk means a lot,” says Phyllis Fouche, of Frederick, Md.

Walkers took the Streets of Downtown to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“They were there side by side with me and it was a very hard life to do,” says Fouche.

When a loved one has the disease, relatives and caretakers say the disease impacts everyone involved in that persons life, and that it’s just heartbreaking.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Western Maryland provides resources for people in the community looking for support.

“With support and knowledge it was a little bit easier, but he's gone now and they are still part of my life and will be part of my life,” says Fouche.

By raising funds and awareness, participants say they’re helping to reclaim the future for millions. The Alzheimer’s Association says the cost of care continues to escalate into the hundreds of billions, as the disease continues to grow.



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