Eau Claire (WQOW) – On Saturday, the color purple was worn by more than 300 people at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena, to help fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
The 3 and 1 mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s event was put on by the Greater Wisconsin Chapter – Alzheimer’s Association. The money raised for the walk allows the association to provide local care and support services to those living with Alzheimer’s.
Inside the arena was a chalkboard. People wrote the names of their loved ones who are fighting the disease. Participants also listened to stories from local families connected to Alzheimer’s.
“I think it shows the community the awareness of the disease and what is really happening with the disease, because it’s increasing in diagnosis. That person with it is not a big degree of separation from the disease any longer, and just the awareness and sharing and knowing that there is hope, and that people are supporting one another against this fight,” said Laurie Schill, executive director of the Greater Wisconsin Chapter – Alzheimer’s Association.
Each registered walker received a promise-garden-flower, each color best representing the individual’s connection to the disease.
- Blue represents someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia
- Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.
- Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
- Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
The fundraising goal for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is $130,000. You can check here for updates on how much money has been raised and to donate.