“I always say that this is the only disease you lose them twice” says a local event coordinator.

Watching a loved one die is what prompted a woman to start the event Saddle Up For Alzheimer’s.

Lacey Rosenquest, the event coordinator says “It’s very hard as a family member to see your loved one going through this disease and slipping away. I always say this is the only disease you lose them twice, once by going through dementia and then death”.

Rosenquest lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. For the past seven years, she has made it her mission to raise awareness for this illness. Currently, Rosenquest organizes an event that has goat roping, barrel race, and Bar-B-Que competitions.

“It’s Saddle Up For Alzheimer’s, it’s a reason to raise awareness and money for a cure for this horrible disease that more and more people are being affected by,” said Rosenquest.

Alzheimer’s is ranked the sixth leading cause of death in America among men and women between the ages of 65 and older, but researchers are still trying to find a cure. One volunteer explains how the community can get involved in supporting this cause.

“It will be great and helpful if we can have more volunteers come in, help out, also to come and participate because the funds are what comes into the organization,” said Danette Koehl, a volunteer.

The proceeds from this event will go towards finding a cure for those living with Alzheimer’s disease.