QUINCY – Hundreds gathered in Moorman Park in Quincy for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“It’s been like 20 years ago when she was first diagnosed, and we started going to the walks, and we’ve been going ever since,” said participant Bill Shaw.
He and his family walk for his wife, Ruth.
Ruth passed away two years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Bill said he hopes his children don’t ever have to face a diagnosis like their mother did.
“The worry is just about the same as it was back in those days,” said Bill.
Many who walked had a personal connection to the disease.
Jessica Fox and her family walked to remember her grandfather.
“Sometimes if you would place your hand on his, he would try and squeeze it, and even though he didn’t seem like he knew who you were, I knew that he had some idea it was one of his family members holding his hand,” Fox said. “I don’t want people to experience the pain that my family went through.”
Organizers said almost 600 people signed up before the event, just shy of their goal of with the goal of 700 participants and $100,000 in donations.
Bill and his family said they hope more will people come out to the walks and donate, in an effort to find a cure and end the disease for good.
“[The walks are] getting larger and people are knowing more about it, and a lot of that is due to the walks and the publicity that it gets,” Bill said.
Organizers are still working on the final numbers for the event.