Over 700 participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Association held the event at WATTS at Youngstown State for the third time

Over 700 people came pumped up and in purple to the Walk to End Alzheimer's Saturday morning.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Over 700 people came pumped up and in purple to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday morning.

Alzheimer’s Association held the event at WATTS at Youngstown State for the third time.

The two-mile walk was followed by refreshments and an auction inside the gym. Their goal was to raise $71,000 and spread awareness about the disease.

“This disease is very devastating,” said Helen Paes, of Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Eastern Ohio. “It not only robs the person with Alzheimer’s of their identity and who they are, but it’s extremely difficult for the families and the caregivers because they are on that journey and some days are better than others.”

All funds from this event will support further Alzheimer’s research.