Alzheimer's Walk

Nearly 300 people turned out for the 2004 Alzheimer's Walk Sunday at Lake Ella in Tallahassee.

Louise Dunning has been participating in this walk for about seven years, and she's not about to give up now. For her the issue of Alzheimer's has affected both her husband and her son-in-law. She's one of thousands of Tallahassee residents who cared for a loved one.

"When he passed away I wanted to do something and I felt like this was something I could get involved in," shared Dunning.

But this day is not about the disease. It is about the people who care for Alzheimer's patients.

Catherine Yoshikawa added, “It is a 24 hour a day, seven day a week job. It is all encompassing, it completely absorbs you, absorbs every aspect of your life and the people who are caregivers are heroes."

Each person taking a step for their loved one and remembering how this disease affects more than the patients, it affects the families and friends of those who now watch their loved one go into the twilight of their lives.

It takes dozens of local organizations and business sponsors to make sure the event is a success.