YAKIMA, Wash.- Dozens of people got up early this morning and walked two miles around Sarg Hubbard Park to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Debbie Hunter is the chairwoman of the event this year, and it’s her first walk without her husband Chris, who passed away last April at age 54 from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an illness that destroys memory and other mental functions.
“We became caregivers overnight and we have become huge advocates trying to help raise awareness,” said Hunter.
Hunter says she wishes her and her family were better informed when her husband was first diagnosed, but her involvement within the Alzheimer community later on really made a difference in her life. Over 15 million individuals are unpaid caregivers in the United States. This event helps bring people together and shows people that they are not alone.
“It’s getting harder and harder to find someone who hasn’t been touched. In the family, in the community, in the workplace. It’s a devastating disease, but we like to say that we offer help and hope,” said by Executive director for the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Bob LeRoy.
In total the Yakima community raised nearly nearly 33 thousand dollars from the event. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.