Thousands turn out for Walk To End Alzheimer's at Kroger Field

Posted at 7:11 PM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 20:19:13-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Wildcats may be on the road this weekend, but Kroger Field was still bustling on Saturday morning during the annual Walk To End Alzheimer's.

Thousands of people came out, many holding up flowers to represent their reasons for walking; some were recently diagnosed or others care for a loved one with the disease.

The money raised goes to further the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

Several families have made it their mission to come every year, in hopes of coming one step closer to a cure.

“I worked as a pharmacy technician in a nursing home, so I saw several other families go through the same thing my family went through, just heartbreaking. So for all those people and my grandpa, that's why I'm here today,” said Whitley Whithead, who lost her grandfather to Alzheimer’s.

According to the Alzheimer's Association website, the organization has provided more than $475 million in over 3,000 scientific proposals.