POSTED: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 8:03pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 8:21pm
LA UNION, NM - On the move to end Alzheimer's Disease. Today dozens of families and hundreds of people in the borderland walked for a memory.
Heat in the upper 80's couldn't stop these people from walking. That's because they're on a mission to end Alzheimer's in the 15th Annual Memory Walk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control's website , "Alzheimer's affects parts of the brain that control thinking, remembering and making decisions." They say, "it can seriously impair an older adults ability to complete daily activities."
"As a kid, you know, your Grandma takes care of you, but as you get older you have to take care of her," Jose Ojeda said.
Ojeda says his Grandma Milene has Alzheimer's. So, like dozens of families, his showed up to La Vina Winery in Southern New Mexico to show support for their loved one.
"We're a family that takes care of my Grandmother 24/7. She can't do anything by herself. It's a lot of work in our house hold. It's a fulltime job for my mom, and a part time job for me when I'm around there," he said.
Ojeda says it's not easy to care for someone with Alzheimer's, and it can be devastatingly hard on the family. That's why today wasn't just about walking, but also raising money for a cure. Nearly 100,000 dollars were raised by walkers.
"Hopefull we can find a cure for it. That way not everyone has to go through these problems too, and this kid of hardship. Hopefully we can make the world a little bit better," Ojeda said.
A better world for the growing number of families being affected by Alzheimer's, and those who support finding a cure.
"It looks like this year we had a lot more people. Hopefully every year it will get bigger and bigger, and bring more awareness," Ruben Desantos said.