More than a thousand show up to support Augusta Alzheimer's effort

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 11:49 AM
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More than a thousand volunteers, friends and family members filled a chilly Augusta Common Saturday morning then took steps down Reynolds Street to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

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Participants hold up pinwheel flowers to honor people with Alzheimer's disease. They were also given advocacy postcards to send to U.S. senators to make the disease a priority.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Participants hold up pinwheel flowers to honor people with Alzheimer's disease. They were also given advocacy postcards to send to U.S. senators to make the disease a priority.

The year’s annual fundraising effort of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Augusta chapter changed its name and narrowed its focus to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“What I want is survivors,” said Karen Agrelius, who was making the 3-mile walk in memory of her father. “I want to walk with survivors.”

Roseanna Goodman, a first-time participant, said she was walking for her mother and grandmother. Standing nearby, Dolores Tyler said she was walking for her mom and dad.

“There is no cure,” said Goodman, who hopes efforts such as Saturday’s will change that.

Click here to check out nearly 300 photos from the event on Spotted.

Margaret Kopp, of the North Augusta Alzheimer’s Support Group, said those with suffering family members need to know there is support available.

Her group meets at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

“It’s so hard to think that you’re the only person dealing with this,” she said. “You’re not.”

In addition to walking through downtown Augusta, participants were given advocacy postcards to send to their U.S. senators requesting they make Alzheimer’s a priority.

Last year’s Augusta Alzheimer’s walk raised more than $102,000. There is no cure for the disease, a dementia that affects memory and behavior for 15 million in the United States.

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AutumnLeaves 11/05/11 - 02:30 pm
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Wonderful to hear they raised

Wonderful to hear they raised $102,000 so far. It was $90,000 as we were leaving after the walk.

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soldout 11/05/11 - 06:13 pm
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I have to sometimes wonder if

I have to sometimes wonder if the goal is to find a cure without the use of a drug or a cure with the use of a drug. When I have presented information to them that has helped local patients they will not even respond. Any cure not using a drug is attacked in every way because money is so important. Just my experience.

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