MASON CITY, Iowa- The Walk to End Alzheimer’s event was held at Mason City High School on Saturday.
Around 150 people participated in the two mile walk, from folks supporting the cause to those who suffer from the disease themselves.
Walk Coordinator Greg Woods said the event helps bring awareness to the nations sixth leading cause of death and raise money for the disease that doesn’t receive as much funding as other diseases.
“What were trying to do here through this walk is not only be a fundraiser that benefits the local area but in broader sense be a support group,” said Woods. “They are not alone in a fight that can make them feel very isolated and powerless. By getting out here an doing something by walking with other people and raising money that actually stays in the area, they’re feeling like they’re doing something to fight it and that’s a really powerful thing.”
Woods said organizers have raised more than $22,000. He said 78 percent of the money will be used locally to benefit support groups, education programs and workshops. The remaining 22 percent will go towards research at a national level.