Alzheimer’s hits close to home

Posted By: Nolan Crane

Eight years ago Lori Hampton’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

"I learned sewing from her and knitting and you know, very crafty," says Hampton.

Since then, she’s been a volunteer helping to raise awareness. She’s spent hundreds of hours flipping through directories trying to find donors and volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Her goal? Raise $220,000 for the cause.

"It’s just a really scary disease because it is affecting people younger and younger and then I had a sorority sister, Shelly, whose been diagnosed at 51, so we rally for team Shelly at the walk and then also for my mom and my sister–in–law," says Hampton.

We were at Holmes Lake last year when nearly 2,000 people laced up their shoes and wore the iconic purple shirts for a cause bigger than themselves.

"It’s really emotional. I get goose bumps and we just keep getting better and better each year because I think it’s really starting, the Lincolnites are starting to see that it is a disease that needs to be cured," says Hampton.

Officials with the Alzheimer’s Association say they hope to have more than 2,500 people registered for Sunday’s 2 mile long walk.