This year’s Walk to End Alzheimers got off to a busy start at Julius M. Kleiner’s Memorial Park in Meridian with more than 1,300 participants and 215 teams.
One Idaho family walked in honor of a late loved one: her name, Patsy Lou, donned proudly on their clothing.
"It means a lot to us, and even though it’s just the few of us, the small little team, we like to do it every single year to remember her and just to, have that time together as a family in honor of her," said Katelyn Boden, granddaughter of Patsy Lou who was impacted by Alzheimers.
Boden says her grandmother struggled with the neurodegenerative disease for several years.
“And my dad, and my mom, my whole family took care of her and it was really difficult to watch her go through that and we love her very much," said Boden.
Love: the driving force of each step the Bodens take at the annual event.
This is our 5th year that we have done the walk since she’s passed. And we do it every year to remember her.”
Organizers hope to raise $257,000 in an effort to support research that will end the disease altogether.