Downtown fundraiser aims to help fight Alzheimer's

The annual Alzheimer's Association's fundraising breakfast was held at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland on March 6, 2018. (KATU Photo)

There is a Reason to Hope.

That was the takeaway from an annual Alzheimer’s fundraising breakfast Tuesday in downtown Portland at the Sentinel Hotel.

Hundreds of people attended and learned a lot about the sixth leading cause of death.

People living with Alzheimer’s and those caring for them spoke to the crowd.

Advocates say there’s hope in the research and treatments being worked on, and the services offered to affected families in the Portland-Vancouver area.

"We have a 24/7 helpline that people can call anytime of the night or day," said Heidi Rowell with the Alzheimer's Association. "It is fully staffed with dementia experts. These are masters-level clinicians that are available to people every single day."

KATU’s Jackie Labrecque, who lost her grandma to Alzheimer’s, emceed Tuesday’s event.

If you want to get involved, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place this summer with separate events in multiple cities.

You can also donate online.

KATU is a proud partner of the Alzheimer’s Association local chapter.

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