San Diego Walk to End Alzheimer's

Twin Cities' Walk to End Alzheimer's breaks new record

Hundreds of Miami County residents stood together against the tragic effects of Alzheimer's disease on Saturday, as the 15th annual Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer's commenced at the Troy Courthouse Square.

The Walk is the world's largest Alzheimer's event, said WJAC announcer Sabrina Silva on the park stage.

All funds raised through the event will further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association, a nonprofit organization. A year ago there were over 800 walkers and $84,000 was raised.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

"It's actually slightly different than in years past", she said. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a Promise Garden ceremony at 10 honor those who have been affected by Alzheimer's. People planted their flowers in the grass following the walk. This is a group of volunteer facilitators and caregivers providing care to loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Top individual fundraiser: Jerry Gonyo.

After the walk, the raffle winners were announced, and people of all ages were seen dancing, from senior citizens to children to other team members, and enjoying the music the DJ played.

Join the fight for Alzheimer's first survivor. A full photo gallery of Saturday's event can be found on the Courier Express' website.

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