People were working to fight a deadly disease in Tompkins County Sunday. Elyse Mickalonis talked to some of the people who walked and raised money for those affected by Alzheimer’s.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in America.
"We have a lot of people who come out and are walking in support or in honor of a family member, a colleague, a coworker or a neighbor. There are many people touched by Alzheimer’s disease,” said Cathy James, Alzheimer's Association CNY.
Families, friends and community members showed up at Cass Park for The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
"We are greatly appreciative of the greater Ithaca community. The walk helps us to raise funds for care, support, and research to end Alzheimer’s disease. It's also an awareness event,” said James.
Organizers said the disease doesn't only affect seniors. Anyone showing signs of the disease should see a physician.
"Although age is a risk factor and over the age of 85 its one-in-two at risk, but we do see more and more individuals under the age of 65 that are diagnosed. It's very important, if you see cogitative changes in someone you know or yourself, have that conversation with the doctor,” said James.
Lori White's father passed away just before his 90th birthday after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.
"I've come to celebrate his life and the lives of everybody who have face that disease either by having it or loving someone who has it, that's what it's all about for us,” said Lori White, Newfield Resident.
People here say if you or someone you know has Alzheimer’s one of the most important things to remember is that you’re not alone.
"Reach out to each other and reach out to the Alzheimer's Association and be in touch with people who have experienced it,” said White. “Because even though the experiences aren't the same, there are similarities and there are things you can share that will help other."
White’s mother, Mary, added, "When you need help, ask for it. There are people waiting there to help you. And try to keep a positive attitude."
To donate to the cause, visit act.alz.org.