PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Thousands participated in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Heinz Field on Saturday morning.

The walk, organized by the Alzheimer’s Association, was held to help raise awareness of advocacy opportunities, clinical studies and support programs and services.

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The organization expected nearly 5,000 people to participate.

“We’re going to launch this walk and really demonstrate to the community that there are a lot of families who are impacted by Alzheimer’s and related dementia, and we want them to know that the Alzheimer’s Association is the number one source for information and resources about Alzheimer’s,” said Gail Roddie-Hamlin, president and CEO for the Greater PA chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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The organization hoped to raise $650,000 to help support programs, services and research.

“We want to do this because we want to help families. We want to help care-givers. We want to help those who are impacted by this disease every day,” Roddie-Hamlin said. “And that’s why people call us. They’re looking for that great, state-of-the-art information about care and programs and services that we offer, free of charge, because of walks like this.”

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