6th annual Alzheimer's walk raise awareness and money for a cure

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Alzheimer's Association sponsored their 6th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's Saturday at Arkansas State University.

The walk helps spread awareness and raise money research and a cure for the disease.The event had over 300 registered walkers and 200 others who attended.

"We want to raise awareness, we want people to know why we're here, we want to stop Alzheimer's, we want to put a stop to it," said Kelly Sourbee with the Alzheimer's Association. "We don't want future generations to have to deal with this awful disease."

Every walker had a special reason for participating in the event but for Rep. Harold Copenhaver, it was to honor a friend.

"This is my first year to participate so I'm very excited but honored at the same time as well to be representing Butch Wilkins," Copenhaver said.

Although it was Copenhaver's first Alzheimer's walk, the cause is one that hits close to home.

"My colleague state representative Butch Wilkins, the passing of his wife early this morning who has suffered through this disease, I have seen Butch's trials and tribulations," he said. "My mother as well is in her starting phase of Alzheimer's."

Copenhaver said it's important to spread awareness about this disease.

"It is not a curable disease at this point and I think this is the awareness, so many people are insecure they don't know how to handle the disease," he said.

The mile walk had facts along the route so people can learn more about the disease while they're walking.

"Alzheimer's is an ongoing battle that we all need to be aware of," Copenhaver said.

Last year the walk raised $49, 000 dollars. Most walkers who participated had or has a loved one who is struggling with Alzheimer's disease.

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