Created: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:21:00 CST
Updated: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:41:24 CST
It’s a devastating disease. There's no cure and no drug to delay onset or slow down its progression.
Thursday hundreds walked at Lake Hastings in hopes of putting a stop to the disease.
Walk To End Alzheimer's has been held in
Some participants, like 9-year-old Samantha Bonifas, walked in memory of those who’ve lost their battle with Alzheimer’s.
Bonifas raised $1,200 in memory of her great grandmother.
"It kind of makes me feel happy that I did it for the Alzheimer’s program," she said.
The associate director of the Alzheimer's Association-Great Plains Chapter said the greatest risk factor is age. Alexandra Dillion said as baby boomers age there’s more need than ever for a medical breakthrough.
"This is a huge disease in terms of the impact it has on families," she said. "It’s a devastating disease for families, so the more support we can get to them the better."
The teams at the
Donations can still be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org