Walk to End Alzheimer's comes to Portland: 'It is going to affect you at some point'

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Alzheimer's is affecting more than 65,000 people in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and later this month our community is coming together to fight the disease.

“Barb’s Boosters” is one of the teams participating in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on August 26. They are backing local resident Barb White.

Even though it's hard to accept her diagnosis, White said she knows something's changed.

"I feel like I don't have Alzheimer's,” said White. “I am frustrated."

Her husband, Jack, is both her full-time caregiver and number one advocate.

"A disease like Alzheimer's changes your ideas for retirement and what the future's going to be like for you,” Jack said.

Barb’s Boosters and several thousand others will wear purple for the walk, raising money to support the Alzheimer's Association, which provides free care and support for families and funds research.

"You may not know about it now, but it is going to affect you at some point. You know they just need to get more research dollars," Jack said.

It’s research that will hopefully lead to a cure for the sixth leading cause of death, or even a means to slow the disease's progression.

Barb has hope.

"I mean, without that, I would have nothing,” she tells KATU News.

The walk is Sunday August 26 at 11 a.m. at the Rose Quarter. The opening ceremonies are at 10:45 a.m., and KATU is a proud media partner with reporter Jackie Labrecque emceeing the walk.

You can sign up or support a team on alz.org

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