Saturday, 21 October 2017 16:08

Walk to end Alzheimer's Disease Featured

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BANGOR - We all know Alzheimer's disease can have a huge effect on our loved ones.

Well today the community came together to walk and raise money in hopes of finding a cure to Alzheimer's

 

Nicole Matson event chair of the walk to end Alzheimer's said "This is an amazing event to help raise awareness for this disease. It's an opportunity for our community to come together to show each other that no one is alone in this fight."

 

The event brought out a familiar face. Our very own abc7 anchor Craig Colson. "It's an honor once again to be part of the worlds largest event to fight the disease."

 

People are hear supporting others who have Alzheimer's, knew someone who died from the disease, or caring for someone who's currently suffering from it. Some gave speeches in honor of those who died from the disease.

 

This event is getting bigger every year. Michael Vittum an advocacy volunteer for Alzheimer's said "There's more excitement about it as it starts to become a bigger and bigger issue in the community and more and more people are aware of what the impacts are of this."

 

In Maine alone there are more than 27,000 people living with the disease and 69,000 caregivers.

 

Matson said "We're hoping to raise over 170,000 dollars which i think is going to be a huge help to the Alzheimer's association and all their efforts in trying to find an end to this disease."

 

Walkers can select a flower personalize it and put it in the garden to represent their reason of walking today. The goal in the future is to add a white flower which represents the first survivor of Alzheimer's disease.

 

 

 

Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at [email protected].