Wave of purple walks to end Alzheimer's - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Wave of purple walks to end Alzheimer's

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MARION, Ill. -- Hundreds of people gathered at the Marion VA Saturday morning for the annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's."

Participants included caregivers, family members and those fighting the disease themselves. The event raised money to help find a cure against Alzheimer's. 

The "Walk to End Alzheimer's" is the nation's largest event to raise money for research into the disease.

Organizers say the walk brings a sense of community and support for those affected by the disease. 

"It's great at the local level for people to know that we're here to support them if they're living with Alzheimer's," Maggie Schnittker with the Alzheimer's Association said. "Even if someone is supporting, caregiving, or working with someone who is suffering from the disease, we want everyone to know that we're here to help."

So far, the walk has raised more than $30,000 and donations will be accepted through December. 

To donate, visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

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