‘A special spirit:’ Hundreds sport purple at Summerfest grounds for annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds of people headed to Maier Festival Park on Sunday, Sept. 15 for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's, the 14th largest event of its kind in the nation -- and everyone there was connected in a special way.

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In a "Promise Garden" near the walk, each flower represented hundreds of people tied to Alzheimer's, a disease that, sadly, touches many lives.

"We want to be able to get that white flower and have survivors," said Bonnie Blair, Alzheimer's champion. "There is a connection for everybody."

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Bonnie Blair

The Promise Garden ceremony was held Sunday as part of the 26th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's, with a goal of raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.

One team took fundraising to the next level.

"We were able to raise $16,500," said Margo Hudak, Team Granny's Gang.

Team Granny's Gang, one of the top fundraisers for the walk, took part in honor of Joan, who has Alzheimer's.

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Margo Hudak

"It's depressing, but it is great to see all these people who care, who want to try and find a cure," said Hudak. "Finding that cure is hard."

Former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber's wife, Elaine, has battled the disease for nearly 15 years. He said he was hopeful the walk would raise awareness.

"What we want to do is help people understand the importance of learning, coping, and surviving as an Alzheimer's caregiver," said Schreiber.

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Martin Schreiber

As a sea of people walked with their colored flowers, the feeling of being connected was the most colorful.

"There's a special spirit," said Schreiber. "A special kind of feeling."

For more information on the disease, including how to donate to this effort, CLICK HERE.

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