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Walk to End Alzheimer's takes place Saturday

Posted at 6:50 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 09:17:51-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Those with Alzheimer’s disease have had unique challenges this year.

Senior living centers have had outbreaks. Those with dementia have been separated from loved ones.

The Alzheimer's Association says this year, it's important to come together. That's why the Walk to End Alzheimer's will go on this Saturday - just a little differently.

“Why I walk is also just because I face clients every day that sit across the table from me, and I know of the devastating impact this disease can have on families financially,” said Sarah Ryan, an advisor with Edward Jones.

Edward Jones is a national sponsor of the walk.

Day to day, Ryan talks to families about building wealth.

“We know the average lifetime cost for Alzheimer's is over $350,000 for an individual that's suffering from the disease,” said Ryan.

Ryan watched her own grandmother deal with the disease. Ultimately, she died from it in 2015.

She will walk for her again this year, but in a socially distanced way.

“We are encouraging everyone to walk in your own neighborhoods, on trails, really wherever you're going to be most comfortable walking,” said Ryan.

Walking wherever you can, with a common goal in mind---to raise money for research to end Alzheimer's.

“The promotion to support those who are suffering and the caregivers of those with Alzheimer's is more important now than ever,” said Ryan.

The walk is this Saturday, Oct. 3, on any sidewalk, track or trail you choose.

You're invited to watch the opening ceremony online at 10 a.m. before you kick off your walk. See more here.

KMTV is a sponsor of the event and anchor Jennifer Griswold will be emceeing it virtually.

There will also be a promise garden you can check out at Lake Zorinsky honoring those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

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