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.
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.
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.