Alzheimer's walk raises awareness
Karen Pryor knows first hand the devastating effect Alzheimer's can have on a family.
Her late grandfather, Russell Perdew suffered for years with the disease, slowly losing his physical and mental capabilities, she said.
His deteriorated condition became apparent on a drive to a family member's funeral a few years ago, she said.
"He saw the flags on the car and thought he was going to vote," said Pryor of Hagerstown.
To honor her grandfather's memory, Pryor and other family members put on their sneakers to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2000 at Hagerstown Community College Sunday afternoon.
Pryor and her teammates with Red Feather an auxiliary group of the Red Men's Club in Williamsport, raised nearly $2,000 this year, she said.