Memory Walk Brings Families A Step Closer To A Cure

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Many people put on their walking shoes Saturday to take a step forward to find a cure for Alzheimers.

The Memory Walk is the biggest fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. Participants in the area met at the Sedgwick County Zoo. The Alzheimers Memory Walk is a national event.

Friday, October 1, 2010

More and more senior citizens are diagnosed with Alzheimers each year. The diagnosis has been showing up in both men and women at younger and younger ages.

In preparation for this weekend's Memory Walk, we meet a family who knows the devastation of the disease and the crucial role played by the local Alzheimer's Association.

This is a time when Art Klauso and his wife Peggy should be traveling and enjoying the grandkids. But seven years ago, 72-year-old Peggy was diagnosed with Alzheimers. A disease that has grabbed their life, shaken it up, and spit out a stark reality.

Of course, it wasn't always this way. Art and Peggy got married almost 53 years ago and raised two daughters. They had time to enjoy their grandchildren and incredible and fun life.

In her later years, Peggy volunteered at the church, looked after her grandkids and especially enjoyed mowing the lawn. That all changed when Peggy turned 65. The progression of the disease is excruciating.
But this incredibly courageous man has learned a lot about pure devotion and pure love.

To join the Memory Walk Saturday, October 2nd, just show up at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. The Walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information click on the words "Related Link" below.

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