2 'Walks' aid fights against childhood cancer, Alzheimer's

September 11, 2010 9:11:11 PM PDT
Chicago area residents turned out in big numbers Saturday to support organizations fighting against deadly and debilitating diseases.Supporters gathered on the Soldier Field lawn to help fight childhood cancer, which kills more young children than any other disease.

ABC7 Chicago Sports Director Mark Giangreco was master of ceremonies for an excited crowd that attended the Cure-Search Walk honoring victims of childhood cancer. The event also raises money to seek a cure.

Proceeds help fund the Children's Oncology Group.

Some rain fell during the walk, but that did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the participants.

In another part of town, thousands of people were on the move Saturday to end Alzheimer's disease.

The annual 'Memory Walk" in Lincoln Park was organized by the Alzheimer's Association.

Last year's event in Chicago raised nearly $850,000. Nationally, $41 million was raised to fight the disease.

ABC7 Chicago's Alan Krashesky attended the walk and served as its master of ceremonies.