PHOTOS: Thousands gather for Walk To End Alzheimer’s in downtown Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A sea of purple enveloped downtown Oklahoma City near the Bricktown Ball Park.

Thousands of families, volunteers and supporters walked for the 2015 Walk To End Alzheimer’s Oklahoma City.

The purple t-shirts worn by many participants represented someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.

Don Orange has lost two close family members. He said Saturday’s event was very important to him personally. IMG_9121.JPG

“I’m walking for my grandmother, Audrey Butler, and my mom, Ozella Orange. I lost my grandmother in 2006 from the disease, and my mom just died March 16th from this disease,” Orange said. “This means a lot me, to be able to walk here today for them.”

This year’s goal was to raise $550,000 that will be used to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. IMG_9127.JPG

NewsChannel 4’s Lance West, who lost his father to the disease, and Marianne Rafftery helped MC the pre-race event.

West, Rafftery and others from NewsChannel 4 then joined the thousands of walkers.

Beautiful weather certainly boosted everyone’s spirits as it pleasantly made for a great day to race.

The event is held annually and includes people of all ages.

Fundraising for this year’s race will continue through October. If you would like more information or to make a donation, click here.

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