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Thousands walk to end Alzheimer's in Holyoke

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HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It was a sea of purple this morning as thousands walked to end Alzheimer's in Holyoke.

It's the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.

Every 67 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and there are 120,000 people diagnosed in Massachusetts alone.

On Sunday, thousands walked together to put an end to this disease at Holyoke Community College.

"We hopefully will find a cure for this disease. I'm a caregiver. My mom was diagnosed. I lost a friend a year ago. So, this is very important to me and to many other people," said Ann McDonald. 

Western Mass News anchor Dave Madsen emceed the event. 

He mentioned how important volunteers just like Scott Weiss are to this organization.

"We've got a great group that sits on the walk committee. They're really dedicated individuals that put a lot of work into making this a special day,"said Weiss.

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