Dozens walk a mile in Iowa City for an end to Alzheimer’s

Updated: Sep. 18, 2022 at 10:00 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Iowa alone, there are more than 66,000, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser is the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest fundraiser. The Iowa City chapter is aiming to raise $70,000, so far achieving about half of that goal.

As part of the walk, people wrote their names on flowers, with each color having a special meaning. A yellow flower is if you are a caregiver, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. A purple flower is for those who are people who have lost someone to the disease. An orange flower represents supporters and advocates for a world without Alzheimer’s. A blue flower is for those who are currently living with Alzheimer’s.