Alzheimer's Fundraiser Breaks Record

Alzheimer's Fundraiser Breaks Record Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Families from all over central Minnesota joined together at Lake George Saturday for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The Larson's, from Sartell, walked to honor their patriarch, Doug, who was diagnosed in his 50s.

"He had it for a long time, he got it at 54 and past at 61, so we had been dealing with it for a while, but there's got to be a cure out there, and so that's why we're walking," said Doug's wife, Jon.

$207,570 was raised from the walk, that will go towards scientific research to help find a cure for the estimated 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's.

More than 500 people took part in the walk to raise money and awareness for the disease.

Doug's son, Eric says it's great to see so many people at the walk, but it shows how just how many lives are touched by the devastating disease.

"It is comforting to know that there's others that affected by it, but it at the same time it's sad to know that others are affected by it, and that's what raises the importance of of why we're here, to fight for a cure."

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