Thousands attended the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in St. Louis on September 6 to support the more than 5 million Americans that have Alzheimer’s.
Dava Elias-Dotzenrod, Executive Director at Richmond Terrace walked with her family and co-workers. “I have participated in the walk for years in support of my residents. However, since my first walk I have lost four aunts to this disease. Currently my mother is in a care center in Kentucky battling this disease.”
The 1.5 mile march down Market Street began at Scottrade Center with a rally hosted by News Channel 5 anchor, Art Holiday and Blues forward T. J. Oshie. Both have been personally impacted by Alzheimer’s and encouraged walkers to continue to spread the message and support those who are diagnosed.
There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s. This debilitating disease is the most common type of dementia and can cause problems associated with thinking, behavior and memory.
“This is a horrible disease that strips you of dignity, steals your family and memories,” said Elias-Dotzenrod. “I hope I live to see this cure and I will continue to participate as long as I am able!”
This year’s walk raised over $565,000.
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