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Alzheimer's Walk draws record number of walkers in Willmar

Sharon Bomstad / Tribune Walkers of all ages cross the starting line of the Alzheimer's Walk Saturday morning at Robbins Island in Willmar. Many sported their purple colors in honor of a loved one lost to Alzheimer's or dementia. The seventh annual event reportedly drew a record number of walkers with well over 550 participants and 39 teams. The walk brought in $54,000 on a goal of $68,000, according to organizers. People can still make a donation at alz.org/walk and search Willmar, through December 31. 1 / 8
Sharon Bomstad / Tribune Participants in the crowd of walkers raise their Promise Garden Flowers prior to the Alzheimer's Walk Saturday morning at Robbins Island in Willmar. The purple flowers signify loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's or dementia.2 / 8
Sharon Bomstad / Tribune Happy the clown, aka Darlene Bratberg of Willmar, visits walkers and cheers them on during the annual Alzheimer's Walk Saturday morning at Robbins Island in Willmar.3 / 8
Sharon Bomstad / Tribune Participants in the crowd of walkers raise their Promise Garden Flowers prior to the Alzheimer's Walk Saturday morning at Robbins Island in Willmar. The varying colors signify each participant's reason for walking: loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's or dementia - purple; supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia - yellow; supporting the cause and a vision of a world without Alzheimer's - orange; and someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia - blue.4 / 8
Sharon Bomstad / Tribune The 7th annual Alzheimer's Walk at Robbins Island in Willmar Saturday morning reportedly drew a record number of walkers with well over 550 participants and 39 teams. The walk brought in $54,000 on a goal of $68,000, according to organizers. People can still make a donation at alz.org/walk and search Willmar, through December 31. 5 / 8
Sharon Bomstad / Tribune Participants in the crowd of walkers raise their Promise Garden Flowers prior to the Alzheimer's Walk Saturday morning at Robbins Island in Willmar. The varying colors signify each participant's reason for walking: loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's or dementia - purple; supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia - yellow; supporting the cause and a vision of a world without Alzheimer's - orange; and someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia - blue.6 / 8
Sharon Bomstad / Tribune Walkers of all ages participated in the Alzheimer's Walk Saturday morning at Robbins Island in Willmar. Many sported their purple colors in honor of a loved one lost to Alzheimer's or dementia. 7 / 8
Sharon Bomstad / Tribune Participants in the crowd of walkers raise their Promise Garden Flowers prior to the Alzheimer's Walk Saturday morning at Robbins Island in Willmar. The varying colors signify each participant's reason for walking: loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's or dementia - purple; supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia - yellow; supporting the cause and a vision of a world without Alzheimer's - orange; and someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia - blue.8 / 8

WILLMAR — The seventh annual West Central Alzheimer's Walk at Robbins Island in Willmar Saturday morning reportedly drew a record number of walkers with more than 550 participants and 39 teams.

Prior to the walk a ceremony included a show of Promise Garden Flowers. The varying flower colors signify each participant's reason for walking: loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's or dementia - purple; supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia - yellow; supporting the cause and a vision of a world without Alzheimer's - orange; and someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia - blue.

The walk was lead by a young participant carrying a white spinner flower, signifying the hope of there one day being life without Alzheimer's and dementia.

The walk brought in $54,000 on a goal of $68,000, according to organizers. People can still make a donation at alz.org/walk and search Willmar, through December 31.

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