By The Voice on September 26, 2017
Shaun McDuffee and his crew of volunteers are in the midst of quite a few long walks.
Actually, it’s 36 long walks, of about 100 miles each. Their goal is to cover parts of all 50 states in a effort to raise both awareness and research funds for Alzheimer’s disease.
This weekend, the group will be on the Outer Banks. They began making their way south from Corolla Thursday, talking with people and raising money. By Friday afternoon, they’d made it to Kitty Hawk.
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Typically occurring in later stages in life, the disease slowly destroys memory, thinking skills and eventually the ability to carry out simple everyday tasks.
In September of 2013, Shaun McDuffee and his wife Kristin decided that they wanted to do something to combat this deadly disease and founded the nonprofit Stop Alzheimer’s NOW. The organization, commonly known as SAN, has committed to raise both awareness and research funds for Alzheimer’s by walking through populous areas across the United States. As of June, the group has walked 818 miles through 13 states.