COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – Today, Central Ohioans are teaming up and putting their walking shoes on to help end Alzheimer’s disease.
Each person who participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Huntington Park today is trying to help find a cure for the devastating disease by raising money to fund research. For many participants, the disease is personal.
“Seeing everybody, knowing everybody is doing through kind of the same thing at different stages is just reassuring that we are not alone,” Holley Meyer said. Meyer became involved with the walk because of her father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013.
“I actually walked for two years with my dad as a walker, and then my dad passed,” Meyer said. “I feel like it keeps me connected to my dad, and I think there’s probably a lot of people that do this walk that feel the same way.”
Ellen Dickhaut is walking for her friend Bill, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
“In a matter of a few years, he has gone from being functioning to he cannot talk, he cannot recognize his wife or his children,” Dickhaut said. “When you see the devastation that this can do to people in a very short time period, people should do anything they can to help fight the disease.”
This year, walk organizers hope to raise $1 million. You can still sign up for the walk at Huntington Park beginning at noon. NBC4’s own Colleen Marshall will emcee the event and is participating in honor of her mother, who passed away from the disease a few years ago.