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Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s – Local

KAPAA — Donna Umetsu got a free Saturday to be able to experience the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Kapaa Beach Park.

“This is my first time doing the walk,” Umetsu said. “Today, I had a free Saturday so thought I would check this out. My mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s so I’m excited to be able to do this.”

Umetsu was one of more than 200 people who turned out for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s that featured a pancake breakfast prepared by Arnold Leong and Friends who prepared the Flying Saucers for the Mahelona Hospital bon dance the night before.

“I was at the bon dance,” said Dr. Laurel Coleman, the walk coordinator. “I was buttering the bread for the Flying Saucers. The Mahelona Hospital residents are here, too for the first time.”

Coleman said for her, the walk was personal.

“I have Alzheimer’s in my family,” Coleman said. “In my profession, I meet patients daily who deal with dementia. This is the most expensive of diseases to treat, and the numbers in…

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