Merrimack resident raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Merrimack resident Summer MacPherson will participate in the Central New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Arms Park in Manchester.

MacPherson is joining the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the first time to honor her grandmother and uncle who are living with Alzheimer’s.

"I have seen firsthand what Alzheimer’s can do to people, and it’s scary and dangerous and heart-wrenching," MacPherson said. "I don’t want anyone to have to go through that if they don’t have to.

"If we raise enough money to find a cure or at least be able to slow it down, it would really benefit the lives of those who suffer from it."

"If we are to be successful in finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, we will need thousands of people to commit to raising public awareness," said Jim Wessler, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter.

"The money raised by the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is critical to our fight against this disease.

"We are grateful to each person who makes a commitment to participate by walking, donating or volunteering."

More than 5 million people in America are living with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

For information or to sign up to participate in the walk, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit alzwalkmanh.org.