Hundreds walk in Hastings to end Alzheimer's

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By Jeniffer Berry


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.

In Nebraska, 37,000 people are living with Alzheimer's and even more, 77,000, are caregivers.

Thursday hundreds walked at Lake Hastings in hopes of putting a stop to the disease. 

Walk To End Alzheimer's has been held in Hastings for more than 15 years, in an effort to raise money to help support families and help find a cure.

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 Hastings walk raised $15,000 Thursday; their goal was $20,000.

Donations can still be made to the Alzheimer's Association at