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Photo of the day: Walkers stride to end Alzheimer’s

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(Autumn Suyko | @AutumnSuyko_DE)

(Autumn Suyko | @AutumnSuyko_DE)

(Autumn Suyko | @AutumnSuyko_DE)

By Autumn Suyko

Members of SIU’s Gamma Kappa chapter of Sigma Kappa participate in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday at Campus Lake.

More than 215 volunteers registered for the event, said Courtney Finigan, manager of special events with the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Finigan, whose grandmother was diagnosed with the memory impairing disease nearly 10 years ago, has been with the association for four years. She said the walk has been going on for about 20 years in the Carbondale area.

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“The volunteer program within SIU is great with promoting us,” Finigan said. “We’ve had a lot of luck getting volunteers through them and it helped a lot for this event.”

The event raised more than $30,530 — or roughly 75 percent of the $40,000 goal — according to the organization’s website.

Diamond Jones contributed to this report.

Staff photographer Autumn Suyko can be reached at 618-563-3327 or on Twitter at @AutumnSuyko_DE.

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