Walk at YSU surpasses goal to raise money for Alzheimer’s care, research

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Saturday was the Valley’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Youngstown State University.

Those attending this year’s event were able to stay out of the rain, as it was held indoors at the Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS) on campus. WYTV’s Aaron Deane hosted the event.

Over six million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The event helps raise money for research of the disease and to support local families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

Executive Director Lindsay Walker said the walk is not only a great fundraising event for the organization, but it also allows people who are all going through the same tough times — or been through the same tough times — a chance to come together and support one another.

“We are also really looking forward to letting everybody know that they are not alone, especially those caregivers,” she said.

Everyone participating walks with a flower, showing their purpose in walking.

“I do hold the purple flower. Both of my moms had dementia and passed away from it,” said Walk Manager Jennifer Bahm.

The other colors represented those who are caretakers of someone with dementia, people currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, or people who were there to simply support the cause.

The Alzheimer’s Association had a goal to raise $100,000 from Saturday’s event. The association surpassed that and raised over $121,000.

Over the last two years, the organization has raised over $1 million for the cause.

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