Tomorrow folks will crowd Carroll College to help stop Alzheimer’s disease. Our Bliss Zechman explains how walking can be one of the best ways to battle the illness
Folks can help find the cure to Alzheimer’s by simply putting one foot in front of the other.
"The significance of the walk is for us to come together once a year and show our support and raise awareness as well," said Jayme Klehforth, Helena’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Event Chair.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for the disease. Tomorrow morning, the Helena community will do its part.
"It seems to be a very depressing outlook. We don't have a cure we don't have intervention and this is a way to come together and do something," said Klehforth.
So far, Helena has raised more than $22,000 of its $30,000. Organizers hope they can make up the rest tomorrow, as most of the funds raised go towards the association's vital programs, like their hotline.
"3:00 A.M. Christmas morning you can call and get a masters educated clinical social worker to answer any questions you have about the disease," said Klehforth.
About 20,000 Montanans currently have the debilitating disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. They say that number is only set to grow. By 2025, they expect 27,000 people in the Treasure State will be diagnosed.
"Everyone that I know and care about has a brain. And none of us are immune," said Klehforth.
Helena’s Walk starts tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Next week, there will be walks in Great Falls and Bozeman.