Calf Pasture Beach turned purple on Sunday as thousands walked together to end Alzheimer's.
Kristen Cusato, Regional Director for the Southwestern CT Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association said "Everyone here is connected to the disease in some way, shape or form. Everyone here either has a relative with the disease, lost someone to the disease, knows someone with the disease or has it."
Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Len Schwartz, Co-Chair of the Walk to End Alheimer's in Norwalk said "It's extremely important because I don't think there is enough awareness and the more we get out, the more people we get out, the greater the awareness."
Cusato added "This money is going to go towards trying to find a cure. There are research studies happening all over in country, many here in Connecticut and we need to keep putting money towards reasearch so we can find a cure."
Today, an American develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds and in 2013, the disease will cost the United States 203 billion dollars.
Schwartz added "It touches everyone. It touches so many people and as we age as a population, it will continue to grow and touch more people unless we get the research dollars to find a cure."
Cuasto said "The whole point of today is looking around and saying I'm not alone. I'm not alone in this fight. There is so many people who are doing exactly what I am doing right now and I do not have to go through this pain alone."
For more information about Alzheimer's Disease and the Southwest Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, visit alz.org