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Man shares story of wife's battle with Alzheimer's

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The Alzheimer's Association "Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease" is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for the disease. The West Virginia Chapter will have a walk for the Bluefield and Princeton region on October 13th at Mercer Mall. One man, Joe Sanders, supports the walk in the hopes there will be cure, after losing his wife Janice Sanders to the disease. 

"She was very soft spoken," Joe said. "I don't think she had an enemy in the world. She always took up for people. We had a very close relationship,a good marriage."

 Sanders lost his wife Janice to Alzheimer's Disease in July of last year. Before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the two traveled the world together. 

"Our favorite trip was Africa. I get excited every time I think about it. My wife loved it."

Joe knew something was wrong in 2009, when the things Janice loved to do, stopped. 

"She was a great cook and one of the unfortunate things about this disease, when she got Alzheimer's, she quit cooking. It wasn't that she got tired of cooking, she couldn't remember how to make things."

Joe says the disease only got worse. 

"Couple years went by, she didn't remember her son's children. She acted like she knew them when they all visited, but she wouldn't know them."

Through it all, Joe was right by Janice's side. 

"I'd just tell her I loved her all the time. I took care of her. We had a relationship and I really got close to her when she was sick."

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