LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, held a walk to end Alzheimer's on Sunday. Athough, people weren't just walking to fundraise.
They were raising awareness for the nearly 100,000 Indiana residents who live with Alzheimer's.
"We've been walking for upwards of 25 years in communities throughout Indiana."
People gathered at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive track to raise awareness for Alzheimer's. A disease that according to the Alzheimer's Association, over 2,000 Tippecanoe County residents live with.
"It's critical,” said Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter, Natalie Sutton. “This event raises awareness and raises funds for our mission. We help fund research to help put an end to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias."
For Jim Levereng this fundraiser hits home. Levereng lost his wife to Alzheimer's disease in August of 2017.
"She was a tremendous, tremendous little girl,” said Levereng. “So positive and things like this. But I've always wanted to do something for her as our family."
Levereng said events like this not only allow him to remember his wife, but to educate and be there for others.
"I think there's more placed out there on an emphasis of what, how bad this Alzheimer's disease is,” said Levereng.
The Forsythe family knows all too well what it means to put an emphasis on Alzheimer's disease. Their organization Jack's House, named after their grandfather who passed away fifteen years ago from Alzheimer's, helped raise nearly $100,000 dollars.
"We started as a little team you know just a family and a few close friends,” family member Sara Forsythe. “To raise almost $100,000 in the course of ten years is pretty incredible."
Forsythe said the work her family has done to raise awareness for Alzheimer's will not only honor her grandfather, but will help other families. She said it's something her grandfather would have done.
“I think he'd be pretty proud of us, so,” said Forsythe.
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