El Pasoans walk to end Alzheimers Disease


POSTED: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 5:51pm

Many in the Borderland spent their morning walking to raise money for treatment of Alzheimers disease.

The disease is an epidemic in the United States and worldwide and for some, it hits right at home. Marisol Cordoza is walking today for her boyfriend's parents.

"This morning, they woke up and they're having a really great day. I think all the cards were in place and we are just blessed to be here today. They've digressed a lot so its sad to see them forget who you are," said an emotional Cordoza.

The Alzheimer's Association walk hopes to raise awareness and money for research. The president of the Alzheimer's Association here in El Paso, Denese Watkins, says the disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S...

"We all forget our keys or our car in the parking lot but the thing that makes a difference is that Alzheimers Disease is aggressive and a fatal disease. If you have Alzheimers, you might look at the keys and not know what they're for," said Watkins.

Edna Salas, is walking for her father, who went missing for 11 days in 2009.

"We want to just prevent this tragedy. We want research. We just want to put an end to this disease. You saw when they asked us to raise our flowers and if you looked around the entire yard, its an enormous amount of people who lost people, who are suffering with Alzheimer's, who know someone," said Salas.

It was a day to remember, and for some people, a day to express great sadness.

"Alzheimers is a long, long grief process because you say goodbye to them in many ways as they lose skills, as they lose the ability to recognize you. It's a very, very hard disease," said a participant.

There are support groups for Alzheimers and a 24 hour hotline: 1-800-272-3900.

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