HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A walk to combat Alzheimer’s disease attracted a large gathering of supporters Sunday in Holyoke.
The Palmer High School band led the way for Sunday morning’s Alzheimer’s association walk through the campus of Holyoke community college. Hundreds of men and women followed. Many of them have lost loved ones to the dreaded disease. A heart breaking experience.
Edwin Irizerry from Springfield told 22News, “It was very hard, we didn’t know what Alzheimer’s was about and then we started doing our search about the disease. It was hard, but we dealt with it. He lived at least, I would say, ten years.
An estimated 170,000 Massachusetts senior citizens have Alzheimer’s. Money raised during walks such as Sunday’s in Holyoke go towards care, support and research programs.