Walk To End Alzheimer's

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty

Thousands Participate In Walk To End Alzheimer's

October 28, 2018 - 2:07 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Thousands of people came out to Chicago's lakefront Sunday morning to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer's. 

For those who couldn't make it ,there's a new way to show support this year. Illinois has a specialty license plate that raises money for Alzheimer's awareness.

Secretary of State Jesse White was at the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Montrose Harbor with a big display of the purple plate.

He said since it became available in the Spring, they have sold 524 of the license plates with $25 from each going to the cause.

Organizers say at least 6,000 people came out to the walk to raise money for care, treatment and research. 

Monique Murray was there holding a yellow pinwheel flower that symbolizes she cares for someone with Alzheimer's.

She takes care of her father much like he did for his brother before he died from the disease 20 years ago.

Awilda has also lost a relative to Alzheimer's. She said her brother-in-law died 14 years ago and now his son has it after being diagnosed at age 54.

The Alzheimer's Association says there are 225,000 people in Illinois living with the disease.