MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Michigan held their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Marquette Saturday.
More than 400 people showed up to the event, one of the largest turnouts to date according to Jake Bilodeau, Regional Director of the Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter.
Those whose lives have been affected by the disease gathered to share their stories and to show support for one another.
Participants also bid on various silent auction items, signed special flowers, enjoyed refreshments and crucial camaraderie.
"It's really powerful for them to see that they're not alone in their journey and there are people out there to provide support, certainly through the Alzheimer's Association but also with their community members. And people will come together today for a great cause," Bilodeau asserted.
They also made huge strides towards their goal of raising $80,000 this year.
Bilodeau says that goal wouldn't have be possible without their many generous sponsors and the strong showing of support from the community.
"We're really grateful to have something like this in our community and it's really important for us to have a fundraiser like this because we rely heavily on these funds to provide care, support and of course research to one day find a cure,” Bilodeau announced.
The day was topped off with a two mile walk to the Lake Superior shoreline and back.
600 similar events were held across the country in the fight to end Alzheimer’s Disease.
Click here to learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the resources available to all.