Families fight back against Alzheimer’s disease at annual walk

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On Sunday, thousands of central Ohioans came together at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Huntington Park.

The Alzheimer’s Associations says the devastating disease is the only top-10 cause of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

For Andrea Cook and Clayton Freeman, the fight against Alzheimer’s is personal. Their mother, Jannie Freeman, suffered from dementia in the last years of her life.

“It was hard watching her deteriorate from the person she ways,” Cook said. “You know, it’s hard for anybody.”

To know that every step they took is bringing them closer to a cure helps them remember their mom.

“If they said that you had to do a 100-yard dash as fast as you could, I would run if we could end the disease,” Freeman said.

NBC4’s Colleen Marshall emceed the event at Huntington Park and shared her personal story of losing her mother to Alzheimer’s in 2015. She knows how horrible the disease is for both those who have it and the loved ones that surround them.

“My family lost her years before Alzheimer’s ended her life,” Marshall said.

The Alzheimer’s Association says a cure will ultimately be found through research. The walk brought in $750,000 and counting to go towards just that.

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