BILLINGS – Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the country and there’s an annual fund-raiser in Billings that aims to help.
The Alzheimer’s Association Montana Chapter held its walk at the Rimrock Mall on Sunday.
It’s the last of seven walks in Montana.
The Lewis and Clark Middle School eighth grade Choir sang “Rise Up.”
The Caledonian Pipes and Drums of Billings led the walk into the mall.
Because of the weather forecast, it was decided to hold the walk indoors at the old Herberger’s at the mall.
The walk drew more than 1,000
Nationwide, there are more than 600 walks.
Alzheimer’s affects the patient, caregiver’s family and friends.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Susie Cranston, who helps take care of her father. “I’m sure today, you’ll shed some tears. But don’t stop. Look around, and right next to you is someone who is going through the same thing.”
Alzheimer’s Association – Montana Chapter President Lynn Mullowney Cabrera’s husband Nardo Cabrera was diagnosed with Dementia three years ago.
“We were able to identify what was happening for Nardo was a cascade of symptoms that equaled frontal temple Dementia,” Mullowney Cabrera said.
“I’m living life as much as I can,” Cabrera said.
“Aboslutely,” Mullowney Cabrera said. “Knowing what it is has helped us to prepare for it. Help do everything we can to enhance quality of life. Make sure you have less stress, more sleep. He golfs.”
The money raised goes to the Alzheimer’s Association, which funds research and helps with the care of patients.