Community marches to fight Alzheimer's

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BISMARCK Being forgotten by someone you care deeply about is a jarring experience to say the least. Hundreds of North Dakota residents marched to challenge Alzheimer's.

You'd be hard-pressed to find an American whose life has not been affected by Alzheimer's in some way. Cases like Ellen Schafer's are becoming commonplace in our country.

"My family is here because my husband passed away in April and it was due to demensia, the Alzheimer's, so this is a big cause for us," said Schafer, a resident of Bismarck.

The walk circled the track at Shiloh Christian School. Participants carried flowers, and the color of the flowers tells how these people are affected by Alzheimer's. From purple which means a loved one has died from the illness, to blue which means that person has Alzheimer's.

"In North Dakota it's the third leading cause of death, and we have the second highest rate of Alzheimer's in the nation, so it truly impacts a lot of people, and I think that's why we see so many people out at the walk today," said Erin Hagen, an Alzheimer's Association Community Engagement Manager.

Somewhere between four and five hundred people came to the event. Showing support for families that are struggling with Alzheimer's. Many left notes about why they walked.

"There's so many people and children, older people. I know there's some of the people that live in edgewood vista that are here. I've seen them. So the support for this worthy cause is a pretty big deal here," said Schafer.

The Bismarck walk is the largest fundraiser in our area for the Alzheimer's Association.

This event is expected to raise more than $40,000 for Alzheimer's research.