TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– As Natalie Sutton looked around, the sea of purple was unmistakable.

The crowd at Memorial Stadium on Saturday was filled with people whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s and similar diseases. She said each person showed how widespread the impact of the disease is.

“It’s incredible to see the community support for this mission. So many people on the journey with Alzheimer’s and Dementia feel like they are alone, and today’s event is a wonderful gathering of community to remind people that we’re in this fight together,” Sutton said.

Sutton is the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter, who help lead the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event each year. Last year, they raised over $70,000 to help those affected locally, as well as for research.

Sutton said the event was something she looked forward to each year.

“It’s just really inspiring,” she said. “The journey with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be very lonely, so to see people coming together around this mission, gives everyone hope for that world without Alzheimer’s and other dementias, which is our vision.”

Around the country, about six million people are affected by Alzheimer’s, as well as over 100,000 Hoosiers. This year, the Alzheimer’s Association was hoping to raise $80,000 through the event.

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