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Two sisters know first hand why events like "Wine & Chocolate" are so important

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Every 67-seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's Disease.

That's why the Alzheimer's Association says it's crucial to research the causes of the disease, to find a cure but, research costs money.

Friday's "Wine & Chocolate" event is for raising money to fund research into Alzheimer's.

For sisters Amy and Elise Greenberg, who are long-time supporters of the Alzheimer's Association, they know the impact of the disease all too well.

Those who knew Ann Greenberg well knew she was full of life.

Elise Greenberg, daughter said, "She was the one who taught me to jitterbug in the kitchen. If the music touched her, she was ready to dance."
But, Ann wasn't afraid to show her strength.

Amy Greenberg, daughter said, "As loving and caring and funny as she was, she could be tough."

She could beat anything. Anything, but Alzheimer's Disease.

Elise Greenberg said, "For my mom, it was just the biggest blow that I've ever seen her take in my life. That recognition that she had this, for her, was just the most depressing thing that I've ever seen my mom go through."

But, Amy and Elise Greenberg had hope.

 "We all just knew that we'd find a way to march though this, together," said Elise Greenberg.

They had help from the Alzheimer's Association

Amy Greenberg said, "We had no idea what to do. We had no idea what to think down the road. And, they really gave us a little bit of a pathway to tell us what to do and where to go, and tell us who we should be seeing."

They learned about their mom's diagnosis, frontal lobe dementia.

Amy Greenberg said, "She couldn't speak. She could understand me. But, she couldn't hardly get a word out and the end."

They also learned how much more research needed to be done to find a cure.

 "There is so much we know about the human body and the human brain. And, there is so much more that we don't know," Elise Greenberg said, "Why someone gets it. How to diagnose it early enough to treat it early enough."

In their mother's memory, the Greenbergs have dedicated themselves to supporting Alzheimer's research hoping other families won't have to walk the same path that they did.

Ann Greenberg passed away in May of 2009.

The Alzheimer's Association says half-a-million people die, every year, from the disease.

That makes Alzheimer's the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
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