Craft and vendor show to benefit Walk to End Alzheimer's

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Local family joins fight to find a cure

The family of Wayne Gage, of Purdy, has formed a team, Wayne's Walking Warriors, to participate in the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's event on Sept. 19, at Jordan Valley Park , 635 East Trafficway, in Springfield.

In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's, granddaughters Kim Gardner and Katrina Williamson are hosting a credit and vendor show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Family Life Center in Cassville. The event will feature catered barbecue by the BBQ Station, entertainment by Final Destination, The Difference, 37 Southbound and East Fork, along with a silent auction.

Gage was diagnosed with the disease in 2013, after family members noticed he kept asking the same questions over and over.

According to Betty Gage, Wayne's wife, there are few support services for Alzheimer's patients and their families.

"Medicare doesn't look at Alzheimer's as a disease, so they don't pay for some medications, social workers or counseling for family members," she said.

The family hopes to not only raise awareness of the disease, but establish some badly-needed support groups and access to local resources so family members don't have to travel to Springfield or Joplin for those services.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's event.

"We want to hold a craft show each year, and maybe add a 5K and eventually host a walk here," Gardner said. "We'd like to see more local resources available for people in this area. We're hoping one day, they find a cure and people won't have to deal with this anymore."

For more information on Alzheimer's, visit http://www.alz.org.

For more information on the craft and vendor show, visit Wayne's Walking Warriors on Facebook.

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