Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday in BIacksburg

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)— Alzheimer’s is a disease that still has no cure, and it impacts over five million people including at least 140,000 here in the Commonwealth.

Tom Grieve and his wife Celia have been personally impacted by it. At 63, she started showing early signs of dementia and both felt the need to retire from her job because she struggled to manage her clients.

Since then, he has seen her mental health deteriorate drastically, to the point he felt the need to place her in assisted living.

Grieve said it’s important to raise awareness during Saturday's walk-in Blacksburg to support research and those going through the disease.

“My goal is my grandchildren don’t die the way their grandmother’s probably going to die not knowing who they are, where they’ve been or anything about their lives. It’s disgusting," Grieve said.

Saturday's walk is at the Henderson Lawn at Virginia Tech. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

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