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Raising Alzheimer awareness one step at a time

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – An estimated 5.4 million people have Alzheimer's disease.  It is not just those with the Alzheimer's disease that suffer but also the caregivers.  Many of those caregivers came together in Columbus to raise awareness and money to find a cure. 

Marvin Lacy didn't make the 2 mile walk, but cheered on his family and then sat quietly remembering his wife who died two years ago from the disease.

"It is hard to put in to words because it is something that comes from the heart but the brain doesn't pick it up and it is just difficult," says Lacy.

A difficult time made a little easier by the amount of support shown.

Lacy adds, "It is refreshing to see this kind of a turnout on this kind of a day, the wind is a little breezy."

Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.  All the money raised goes to helping those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers and also to finding a cure.

Amanda Norris and her family braved the cold in remembrance of her grandmother.

Norris said, "It is important to us because my grandfather is still alive and he misses her a lot and we try to get together and relive her memory."

Besides the walkers, another beautiful site was hundreds of windmill flowers placed in the Promise Garden.

"Each color represents their role with the disease, a caregiver, having lost someone, an advocate, or actually having dementia," says Christina Vogler with Alzheimer's Association. "It will be a long journey to end Alzheimer's, but with every step we get closer."

Last year, 8,000 Georgians helped the Alzheimer's Association raise over $42 million nationwide.

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