Community members walk to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- La Crosse community members took a walk to help end Alzheimer’s at Riverside Park.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

This year was the first time Riverside Park was a location of the event, but organizers say the scenic walk alongside the Mississippi River made for a perfect location.

Participants are hopeful that the money they help raise will one day cure Alzheimer’s.

“As of today, there are no survivors, with Alzheimer’s, and were still fighting for a cure. There’s research out there that helps slow it down, but threes nothing right now for a cure,” said Chuck Zimmer, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers.

In Wisconsin, there are more than 120,000 people living with the disease and 196,000 serving as caregivers.

In La Crosse County alone, more than 2,300 individuals age 65 and older are living with dementia, that’s according to the Alzheimer’s Association.