MONTEZUMA, Georgia(41NBC/WMGT) – Bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease was Ulonda Reese’s goal on Saturday. Each step the community made was with a purpose.
“I wanted to do something outside of the box and you know sometimes we forget, you know, elderly and seniors, so I think that Alzheimer’s is a deadly disease and it affects so many people,” Reese said.
Reese brought the first annual Alzheimer’s Walk to Montezuma in honor of her uncle and grandmother that passed away from this disease.
“It just broke my heart to see my grandmother decline in such a way that she just not remember who she really were,” she said.
Emily Bowden is the Director of Constituent Events for the Alzheimer’s Association. She said this disease takes a big toll on family.
“It’s a very devastating disease. You actually lose your person like twice because they get the disease, and they may forget who you are, and then they’ll pass,” Bowden said.
She said Reese brought the walk to raise money for the Central Georgia Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser. They have a goal of $180,000 for 2017.
“It’s just so important to to cover the whole entire state with information, so that people are more aware of the disease, one, if they don’t have it in their family, and two, donate because there is no cure,” Bowden said.
Reese said bringing the walk to Montezuma was easy. All she needed was support from City Council and the community.
She said she was touched by the community’s support.
“Everyone person that’s here, it means something, it’s very special to me.”
So with an idea, approval from the City Council, and support of the community, Reese helped the Alzheimer’s Association.