Walk to End Alzheimer's

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COLUMBIA - Hundreds gathered to kick off the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Cosmo Park Sunday.

"I'm walking to make sure we find a cure," Megan Goddard, Columbia resident and walk participant said. Goddard said her great-grandparents were diagnosed with Alzheimer's ,  

Tonya Houston, walk participant and Columbia resident said, "My father actually passed away with Alzheimer's in 2006 and we thought it was a good thing to walk in support of."

"It's our first walk so we did T-shirts to show support," Houston said.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Association said, "All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association."

Walkers, supporters and volunteers held different colored flowers to signify why they were there. According to the walk's website each color represents the following: 

  • 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.

People of all ages attended the event with flowers in hand.

MU's Sigma Kappa sorority was the walk's highest donor with over $56,000 raised for this event.

To donate or track the donation goal visit the walk's website.