Walkers gather in bid to end Alzheimer’s disease

59,000 Oregonians have Alzheimer's disease

Many people took part in the Walk to End Alzheimer's at the Portland International Raceway, Sept. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News/Anne State)
Many people took part in the Walk to End Alzheimer's at the Portland International Raceway, Sept. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News/Anne State)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Nearly 3,000 people took part in a three-mile walk around the Portland International Raceway Sunday in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association had a goal to raise $440,000 — and officials said they are about 58% of the way there. About 59,000 Oregonians have Alzheimer’s disease.

But on another level it’s also an effort to support people like Charlotte McBride, who is well enough to still recognize and love her daughter.

She takes part in a weekly painting class that keeps her engaged in living. “I have a great group that I’m in,” she said.

For her daughter, it’s a class that is essentially a lifeline for her mom. McBride’s daughter marched to keep meaningful programs, like her mom’s, intact.

“For me it was just an opportunity to be part of the community and part of the team to impact change for the future and ensure we eradicate this disease,” Heidi McBride said.

KOIN 6 News anchor Anne State was the emcee for the event, as well as a participant. She walked for her mom, who has Alzheimer’s.

There are five more walks planned with a statewide goal to raise $710,000, said the chapter’s Tracy Morgan.

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