Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Every year, thousands of Americans take part in Memory Walks around the country to fight Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Here in Duluth, one pair of this sea of legs belongs to Angela Rosenberg Hauger.
She's been in the fight since her middle school days.
"I did some volunteering at the nursing home and became fascinated with Alzheimer's and just being around older adults." said Hauger.
That led Hauger down the path to a doctorate in psychology and gerontology.
Now, she teaches those disciplines at the College of Saint Scholastica while continuing her study of Alzheimer's Disease.
"We've made a lot of progress but we have so much farther to go in terms of knowing how to prevent and treat Alzheimer's. Maybe someday we'll cure it but certainly our hope is to be able to contain symptoms and help people that way." said Hauger.
Along with helping organizations working to cure dementia, Dr. Hauger has also helped the North Shore Community School put on plays, led Girl Scouts and aided the Second Harvest Food Shelf.
"I believe that we are put on the earth to help contribute to making it a good place." said Hauger.
Angela Hauger joins seven other women this year in earning Women In Leadership Awards.
Like the other winners, she feels leadership is something both men and women can do at any stage of life.
In fact, she feels leadership and volunteer work are especially beneficial for senior citizens.
"Having a purpose and certainly volunteer work and being in the community is an excellent way of feeling that you have a purpose in life." said Hauger.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.