Walking Around Rochester

Posted at: 09/07/2013 9:32 PM
Updated at: 09/08/2013 3:31 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Hundreds gathered in support for the various walks in Rochester Saturday.

"He kinda just took one day at a time, and he was an awesome man, so for him it was humbling, because it takes everything but your mind, everything but your mind," said Jenny Doughty Gaber.

Gaber’s husband, Jack, died of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She and others are walking today to prevent others from having to go through the same pain she went through.

"I didn't even know stuff like this existed," said Patricia Willers, a woman who suffers from ALS.

"It’s unbelievable. All these people coming out, even my own people," said Willers.

Willers had between 30-40 family and friends walking Saturday. She says her family is what she lives for.

"I don't know what I'd do without him," she said as she held her husband’s hand.

ALS was not the only disease people were fighting against today. Just a few minutes away, by RCTC, there was a walk to prevent Alzheimer’s.

"When I found out how many people are impacted by this disease in the state of Minnesota, it's something we all need to get behind and all be concerned about and fight," said Sue Spalding, the executive director of the walk.

100,000 people in the state are impacted by alzheimers.

There were also two more walks near Silver Lake: One for those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, and another for the blind.

The goal for each one is the same. The walkers are trying to prevent loss and pain.

"He did beautiful work, and was very proud of everything he did, and he was an awesome person. Everyone who knows him misses him very much, still," said Gaber.

Jack is just one of many fondly remembered.