Rocking to end Alzheimer's Disease

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Tuesday was the longest amount of daylight for the year. According to the American Alzheimer's Association, to someone with Alzheimer's Disease, everyday feels like the longest day.

Approximately 5.5 million people in the United States have the disease, but 2050 this is estimated to reach 16 million.

"There's no easy cure for Alzheimer's but I hope they find one because it isn't an easy, it's one of the worst one's there is," said Virgil Bermaas, Resident, Savannah Pines.

Bermaas lost his wife after a decade long struggle with the disease back in October.

"It was trying, I went over every morning even though she didn't know me, I knew her"

Today, Savannah Pines Retirement Resort held a fundraiser. People rocked in rocking chairs from sunrise to sunset to raise money and take steps towards a cure.

"I lost my mom and my grandmother to the disease...We have people [at Savannah Pines that] as they age who may be faced with it too," said Joanie Mowry, organizer of the fundraiser.

When it comes to Alzheimer's, anyone is susceptible.

"It's the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, so it's touched most people's lives," said Joanie.

The next big fundraiser in Lincoln is expected to be on September 17th at Holmes Lake, The Walk to End Alzheimer's.