Hundreds Walk To End Alzheimer's
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
September 14, 2013 5:02 PM
More than five million people nationwide suffer from Alzheimer's, and more than 19,000 of them are in South Dakota.
Hundreds of people whose lives have been affected by the disease gathered at Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls Saturday morning for a walk. The one mile walk to end Alzheimer's has taken place in South Dakota for 24 years. It is the largest fund raising event for the cause in the state.
"It's time for us to fight back. Really get involved so we can do something to change the trajectory of this disease, and this is one way people can really fight back," said Jane Aspaas, Alzheimer's Association State Executive Director.
Alzheimer's is growing rapidly across the nation. It is one of the few diseases that has no known methods of prevention.
Two more walks to end Alzheimer's will take place this month in Aberdeen and Rapid City.