LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Alzheimer’s Association) – For Lexington resident Marsha Litton, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is about fighting to help millions of others who are facing, or will face, the same kind of “torture,” as she describes it, that her family endured while caring for her father.
“Five years ago, my dad began his battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” Litton shared. “The things that I watched him go through since that time were beyond heartbreaking and I often found myself wondering if this disease is so horrific from the outside, what must it possibly be like for him? It was almost unbearable.”
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
In Kentucky alone,more than 75,000 people are living with the disease and 274,000 caregivers.
“On May 7 of this year, Dad couldn’t fight anymore, and the disease won,” Litton added. “I had promised him from the beginning that I would always take care of him and help him, and by the grace of God, I can say that I believe I did the best that I could until he took his last breath.
“But I also promised that I would keep fighting this disease because it doesn’t end with him,” said Litton.
Litton’s promise is what led her to start a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
It is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants are walking as individuals or in small groups across Lexington to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s.
These participants’ dedication and commitment underscores a sobering reality – Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither can the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
Visit alz.org/walk for more information and to register.
The public is also invited to join Litton, the Central Kentucky Indian Motorcycle Riders Group and Indian Motorcycle of Lexington this Saturday, July 18, for a dealership-sponsored ride to help her and her team contribute to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The dealership will have lots of activities for the day, including food from Red State BBQ, demo rides and live music from Crime Scene.
Kickstands up at 9:30 a.m. Donations of $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider and passenger will be collected for the charity.