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Midland Residents Walk to End Alzheimer's

People of all ages came together Saturday morning, all wearing touches of purple.
MIDLAND -- People of all ages came together Saturday morning, all wearing touches of purple.

"Our goal is a world without Alzheimer's. That's truly our goal," said Debbie Erdwurm area director for the Alzheimer's Association in Midland.

The annual walk to end Alzheimer's gathered more than 150 people at Midland College.

With each group holding flowers of different colors with each having one having a different meaning.

"I walk every year for my mom. I lost her in 1999 to alzheimer's," said Jayne Metcalf, who walked in the event in Midland for the first time.

A purple flower for those who lost someone with Alzheimer's.

Blue, if you are someone suffering from Alzheimer's.

Yellow, if you are a professional or family caregiver.

And orange, if you are there to support the cause.

"My friend Casey's dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and we're just here to support Donald and walk for him," said Jennifer Fox, who participated in the walk to support her friend.

"I'm hoping that they'll find a cure for the disease. My mom suffered and it was quite a journey for her," said Metcalf.

Officials say they hope to raise 75 thousand dollars from the walk, a percentage of which goes to research.

"We just want to show them that we are here to support them and help them wherever we can," Erdwurm said.



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