NORWALK, Conn. — The annual fundraising Walk to End Alzheimer's disease stepped off Sunday morning at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, with more than 2,000 participants coming from Fairfield County and beyond.
The event featured live music, a Zumba warmup, a tribute ceremony, and activities for children, all while the walkers went through their paces to earn money for a good cause: the Alzheimer's Association.
Participants were able to choose a Promise Flower with a color representing the reason for walking. After the ceremony, flowers were placed in the Promise Garden.
"We're here not only to raise significant funds to end this disease, but we're also here to be able to have families support each other through their loss - either someone they have lost in the past, or someone they are currently dealing with who has the disease," said Eleanora Tornatore-Mikesh, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter.
"So the walk is more than fundraising, it's also a place where families can find other families going through the same process."
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling said: "It's so important, because if you watch the news you know there's been significant progress in determining the cause of Alzheimer's, and it's because of the research that's being funded.
"The first step in finding a cure is finding a cause, so it's important to see the cheerleaders here, Max Rosenberg, a 12-year-old (Max's grandmother suffers from the disease, and he spoke to the crowd)... getting our young people involved. The fund-raising, and the search for a cure continues with our young people. Working together, we will find a cure."
The annual walk raised more than $358,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
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