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Omaha community gathers to celebrate life, help find a cure

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Published: Sep. 23, 2018 at 4:58 PM CDT
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Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death, and someone develops it every 65 seconds.

More than 200 teams and 1,600 people walked around Stinson Park at Aksarben Village Sunday morning to honor those lost, and still living with Alzheimer's Disease.

"We have a record number of teams, and the teams make this so special because they have a story and they're sharing their story," said organizer Elizabeth Chentland.

Team Grams is one of those with a story. The family stood out with their purple shirts and powerful message of hope.

"For my mom. Kids called her GiGi. She died of the disease in 2008," said Darice Mahr.

Mahr said she wants to live through her mom's legacy.

Omaha isn't the only community that holds a walk. 600 other communities also take part across the country.

The idea is to raise money and awareness for research, care support and a cure.

"Alzheimer's Disease is the number one fear disease in the nation. I think it speaks volumes. People do not want to continue to live with this disease in their families. It affects loved ones," Chentland said.

Team Grams is certain of one thing in the fight to end Alzheimer's.

"She'd be proud of all of us," Mahr said.

There is a free Alzheimer's helpline for care and support that operates 24-7. The number is 800-272-3900.

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