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The color purple filled the streets of downtown Friday Des Moines as volunteers handed out purple carnations to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

Friday marked Alzheimer’s Action Day and the Iowa chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association passed out the flowers on Locust Street and listened to stories from passersby. Volunteers say most everyone had a story about a loved one touched by the disease.  

“It’s so important to raise money and awareness really because there is no cure for this disease, actually there is no medications that really prevent the disease either it only masks the symptoms. This disease has been around for over 100 years and we still have a long way to go when it comes to a cure or even prevention,” says Melissa Kramer with the Iowa Alzheimer’s Association.

Saturday morning the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is being held in downtown Des Moines. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m.