They Walk to End Alzheimer's

By WEEK Producer

September 22, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- It was a walk in the park for a group of people in Pekin Saturday morning.

About 300 of them turned out at Mineral Springs Park to participate in the Tazewell County Walk to End Alzheimer's. This is the 9th consecutive year for the event.

This year organizers are hoping to raise $30,000, with some of the money going toward tracking devices for local alzheimer's patients.

"We are currently working with the Sheriff's Department, assisting them in funding a GPS satellite (tracking) system," said Jamie Messmore, development director for the central Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer's Associaiton. "The Alzheimer's Association role in that would be helping to manage the people who have those bracelets, the changing of the batteries and that."

According to the central Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer's Association more than 21,000 people are currently affected by the disease locally.