Record amount raised during Walk to End Alzheimer's in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A record number of people laced up their walking shoes in Eau Claire to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Organizers said 500 participants walked to Carson Park this morning, making it the biggest turn they've had in Eau Claire.

47 teams raising a record amount of $69,000 for the event. The money will help fund research and support the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

“Every year this walk grows. We have nearly 2000 people in Eau Claire County who have Alzheimer’s disease and that's expected to triple if we don't find a cure,” said Paula Gibson with Azura Memory Care. “Millions is what we need for research, but every dollar counts. That's what's important to remember.”

There are more walks planned across western Wisconsin including one in Menomonie on September 28th.