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Walk to End Alzheimer's

LAWTON, Okla___Today we are one step closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.  

More than 300 walkers took to the paths of Elmer Thomas this morning in a walk organizers hope will raise the money needed to end Alzheimer's, a disease that affects more and more people each year. 
 
Today's event is to help raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's association that helps families affected by Alzheimer's disease here locally. 
 
For most couples two weeks before a wedding your biggest worry is making sure everything is in order for the ceremony.

For Susie and Clint Forrest they had much bigger concerns before their big day.

Clint was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and questioned Susie if she still wanted to marry him because of the debilitating effects of the disease.  

But she had no second guesses.

"If it is just because of the diagnosis of Alzheimer's I said 'I was already committed to you when I accepted your proposal.'  So it really isn't a question for me," Susie said.

Clint had to start doing something he was not use to.

He had to depend on someone else for the simple things. 

But Clint said the support is worth the fight.

"If I wasn't Native, if I didn't have a good Christian mother and dad, and a good Christian wife I would have no reason to live.  That's the way I sort of feel, but I do have a reason to live," Clint said.

Susie said that everyday presents new struggles, but it is all worth it to be with the one she loves.

"I have to be strong for him.  So sometimes you kind of put you're own needs on a back burner when you are taking care of a love one, but you just have to do it," Susie said.

But Susie is not the only one helping.  

She said many times Clint helps her.

"Clint has a wonderful sense of humor and that helps me a lot. I'm proud of him because he works hard even when he is struggling to make the best of the moment," Susie said.

The couple is from Oklahoma City and came to support the walk in Lawton.

Clint said helping a support organization like the Alzheimer's association is what helps him continue to fight. 

"If you want to help yourself you need to help someone else.  I have a problem with the Alzheimer's first generation, but when I help someone else I help myself.  We just have to all work together to make a better society," Clint said.

The Alzheimer's Association officials say they have raised more than $22,000 and expect to have close to $25,000 by the close of their fundraising efforts on December 15th. 

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