HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Before Sunday was over they would raise $150,000 to support services for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and research to work towards a cure for the disease that affects more than 120,000 people here in Massachusetts.
Friends and family members shared their experiences with 22News.
“My mother diagnosed with Alzheimers at age 55, 15 years ago. She passed away four years ago. It’s an extremely hard disease to see someone go through that,” said Steve Yahras.
Thomas McNulty Jr. told 22News, “One of my best friends’ wife has this affliction and, also, my father passed away from it a few years ago. Loving and knowing people with Alzheimer’s is very, very difficult because of the slow gradual loss of being connected to family and friends.”
22News anchor Barry Kriger told the large gathering he could tell by just looking at them he’s not the only one with a reason to end Alzheimer’s.
At least two thousand, many whole families took part in the traditional walk, appropriately called the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.