TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that approximately 2,000 people in Terre Haute are dealing with the disease and events like Saturday’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” works to help those individuals.
Hundreds of participants spread throughout 70 teams came together as they worked to raise funds that go towards their goal of ending Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.
Kyle Simpson, mission chair for the event, said his life was affected by the disease early on.
“I have had experience with Alzheimer’s disease since I was in junior high. It started with my great aunt Norma,” Simpson said. “So it’s been a disease that’s been a part of my life and has impacted my and my family’s life for years.”
The event also featured a “Promise Garden” which allowed each person to describe their connection to the disease and discuss whether they are walking for general support or walking to support a family member.
“We have four different color flowers each representing a different connection to the disease and so that’s going to be the main focus,” Katie Griffin, development chair for the Alzheimer’s Association, said.
With so many people and resources working together, Simpson said he is optimistic they will find a cure.
“Now it’s a matter of getting out there, coming together with these resources to really get to that cure or ending the world with Alzheimer’s,” Simpson said.
The COVID-19 pandemic causes challenges including last year’s event being cancelled but many people said they were pleased to see the event return.
The fundraising goal was $60,000 to start, but they were doing so well, the goal was raised.