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Virtual Alzheimer's Walk still brings families together

Posted at 7:20 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 21:27:46-04

Normally about 1,500 participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Zoo Montana, but distancing concerns forced the event to go virtual on Sunday.

Many joined from Billings and around the country walking on their own courses after a virtual ceremony.

The walk brings families and those suffering from Alzheimer's together for support and to raise money for patients and research.

The event is one of six in Montana and 600 in the country.

While they're not getting together, the spirit of the walk is the same.

"Number one is awareness always," said Lynn Mullowney Cabrera, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association Montana Chapter. "And number two is raising those revenues that we need to field research, to field care and support, to field the public policy gains that we need. Again, people are living in isolation with this but come out and see that others care, that others are living this experience that others have frankly survived Alzheimer's in their family. That there is life on the other side of this."

Mullowney Cabrera said the fund raising will continue and the last Montana walk set for next weekend in Missoula.