HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Neighbors in the Lakeside Crossing community gathered for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s walk looked different. Instead of one large walk, the organization encouraged community members to host smaller walks, wearing masks and social distancing.
But the passion for finding a cure and purple shirts were still present, all because of Ray Maggio and Maryanne Maphis.
Both Maggio and Maphis each lost their spouse to Alzheimer’s. Maggio lost his wife, Donna, about four years ago.
“It was a terrible thing, I didn’t even know what the word insidious meant until that. It was about an eight-year process from the time she was diagnosed to the time she passed away," said Maggio.
He added that no matter what the doctors tried, the disease only progressed.
On Saturday, he and Maphis worked to raise money to help find a cure. Despite the many hurdles that come with organizing charity events during a pandemic, Maggio said they’ve actually raised more money this year than years past. He said they surpassed their goal of $6,500 before the walk even started.
“Alzheimer’s patients are not alone," he said. “That despite everything else that’s going on, there’s a lot of us that, are really active in trying to help, trying to find a cure.”
Maggio also said he wants more awareness brought to the struggles felt by those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
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