Why I Walk…Christie’s Story

Christie Boody is participating in the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 9 in honor of her father, who she lost to Alzheimer’s disease. This will be her sixth time walking in his honor. 

Christie shares, “Every year we do it it’s so inspiring to see everyone come together to end this terrible disease. I always find hope that we will find a cure and we are getting closer each Walk!”

Held in 24 locations around Illinois, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. 

Illinois has 230,000 residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and 381,000 caregivers. “This is a terrible disease and you don’t know if you will be put in a position of someone having it close to you,” says Christie. 

Christie wants those that haven’t experienced the disease first-hand to know that “it’s one of the hardest things to watch a loved one forget who you are and all the memories you made with them. To have to remind them who you are is an unexplainable feeling that just breaks your heart.” 

Christie is joining other Walk participants across the state this fall to raise critical funds and awareness for families and individuals. Every dollar they raise funds 24/7 care and support services and advances research toward methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure.

Register for your local in-person Walk to End Alzheimer’s at alzheimers-illinois.org/walk. We will continue to closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees. If you prefer to Walk From Home, you can still engage in many Walk-day experiences through our mobile app.

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