BANGOR, Maine (WABI) Laurie Trenholm, Executive Director Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter said, “when you see a crowd like we saw today, it’s definitely a key issue, and people really are stepping up, and realize how important it is to raise funds, talk about it.”
Part of the world’s largest event to raise awareness took place in Bangor-the walk to cure Alzheimer’s.
Folks gathered for all different reasons but had the same thought in mind-to find a cure.
Jane Walton, a participant, said “we’re hoping to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Happy to do it! I’m happy to do whatever I can. It’s a terrible disease. It’s painful for them. It’s painful for the people who love them. It’s just very difficult”.
Nicole Matson, event chair member of the walk says the disease impacts more than just the person who has been diagnosed, and there is always someone to help.
Matson said, “I think a lot of people who are touched by this disease feel very alone, and that is not a good way to be, and we want people to feel that support system around them, and that there are lots of people that are impacted who want to be part of this fight to end the disease.”
Matson also says the support of local community members is important to help find a cure…
Matson went on to say, “it’s really important that there is an effort to put an emphasis on finding treatment options, the research.”
And the talk of stigma around the disease?
Trenholm adds, “We’re still a disease that’s dealing with a lot of stigma, and people don’t necessarily… talk about things happening to their brain. So, when you come to an event like this, and see so many people, it’s a little bit less isolating.”