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Alzheimer's; walking for a cure


by Brittany Earl

COLBY(WAOW)--Every year about 100,000 people die of Alzheimer's and still theres no cure for the disease that affects so many. A disease that not only affects their memory but there entire life style.

That's why people from communities like Colby walk every year in support of raising money for a cure. Judy Koffarnus helped organize the town of Colby's Alzheimer's walk

6 years ago, they started with few and grew to more than 60 participating families. Last year the walk raised $11,000, this year Judy and her volunteers hope to raise more than $13,000 for research. Judy says the walk is very near and dear to her.

Judy Koffarnus says,"My brother in-laws mother had Alzheimer's, I watched her progress from the first stage to the last stage. I guess it gave me the little bit of energy I needed to say hey lets do this and since I see it where I work every day, it makes a lot of difference to me."

Judy is a registered nursing assistant at a local nursing home, she recently recognized by the Alzheimer's Association with an award for all her hard work.

Online Reporter: Brittany Earl

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