Alzheimer's Walk Makes It's Way to Yakima

YAKIMA, WA-- The Walk To End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research, care and support, and on Saturday, the Alzheimer's Association came just a little bit closer to reaching their goal.

Together dozens of people in Yakima walked to raise money for a cure for Alzheimer's.

Groups of people made their way down Yakima Avenue  to bring awareness to the disease.

"Events like this helps to raise awareness that there's an association out there and also it's helping the community to get together to raise funds to fight this disease," said Debbie Hunter whose husband is fighting Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Association said the disease can affect anyone, and now more people are fighting at a younger age.

"Age is a primary predictor of the disease, but there are a lot of people that are diagnosed under age 65," said Bob Leroy, the president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association of Central Washington.

New research shows someone can have the disease for a long time before seeing its full effect.

"As we continue to learn more about the disease it becomes pretty clear that someone may have the disease in an early stage many years before any symptoms actually manifest," LeRoy said.

Saturday was about moving forward, and helping future generations of people who might get Alzheimer's.

"For me and my kids...that's our ultimate goal is we want to find a cure," Hunter said.

"My grandmother died of Alzheimer's and my sister's husband currently is fighting Alzheimer's at a very young, tragic age," Tonya Kimzey said.  "I love seeing all these different people out there walking for different reasons, but it's all for the same cause."

Organizers said on Saturday alone they raised $18,000.00.  They also said they are close to reaching their goal of $650,000.00.

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