MARCY,N.Y - A sea of purple filled the gymnasium on the Suny Poly campus as hundreds of supporters arrived for the Walk to End Alzheimers.
The color purple was more than just a color for the people participating in Sunday's walk, Mary Brewer was walking for her grandfather who passed away from the disease.
"Purple represents the fight the strength, the courage. Listen to the surroundings here its amazing. This is a horrible disease. I see it every day. I work with people with this disease and it's just heartbreaking to see families torn apart by it," said Brewer.
Opening ceremonies were held inside of the gymnasium, multiple guest speakers shared their stories.
"Alzheimer's disease really affects everyone, whether its a loved one, a friend, co-worker, or we even have those coming out carrying those orange flowers that are fighting this disease and this cause because they want to put an end to Alzheimer's disease. So this is a walk and this is an event that everyone can participate in," said Cathy James of the Alzheimer's Association.
The Alzheimer's Association conducts research to try and combat the disease. They have various treatments that allow researchers to detect the disease early within a patient. But they can't conduct the research without the funds that they get from donations coming from events like these.
"The treatments that we have are important for people to start on, but they are not stopping the disease from progressing. So we really need to make sure that we are increasing the funding for research and that's what events like today help us to do," said James.
There was no admission fee for Sunday's walk. Participants were encouraged to donate what they could. Various donation prizes were given out depending on how much a person donated.
The funds raised from Sunday's walk goes to researching treatments for Alzheimer's.