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Walkers help in fight against Alzheimer’s Disease

September 17, 2018

A sea of purple filled Waterfront Park Saturday morning as more than 100 people wore and flew the color purple to remember those lost as well as fight along side those who are still battling Alzheimer’s Disease.

Along with purple, pinwheels of yellow, orange and blue were held high in the air with the names of those fighting and those who have been lost to Alzheimer’s written on the propellers.

“We like to call this our biggest support group of the year,” said Melissa Goodson, development director of the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Everyone here has been directly effected by Alzheimer’s disease. We have people who meet up here, (and) people who have created long-term friendships from this. We’ve seen marriages come from people meeting at some of the walks, because it’s such a connection point. We’re here to remember those who we have lost, but we are also here to celebrate hope for the future, which is a cure for this disease.”

As part of the walk, several people form different teams to raise funds that go toward many causes of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“(The funds go) to help current support groups, our current programs and education services that we do; our care consultation that we provide; our 1-800 number which is 800-272-3900, where that’s a phone line that is picked up 24-7, 365 for any needs you may potentially have

See full story in Monday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition

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