“WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S” RAISES FUNDS AND AWARENESS TO COMBAT DISEASE

Story by WVUA 23’s Jordan Johnson.

Supporters from all over Alabama carried flowers of various colors as they strolled around Snow Hinton Park on Sunday for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“There are over 92,000 people in Alabama alone that are living with Alzheimer’s,” said Kate Reager, one of the emcees for West Alabama’s 2019 Walk to end Alzheimer’s. “There are 304,000 people that are caring for them.”

The walk aimed to bring these people in one spot to fight for a cure.

“It’s a great event for everybody to come together and show that we all support something that means so much to all of us.” said Erika Steinhauer, a volunteer at the event.

Each color of flower represented a different stage of the battle with Alzheimer’s.

For example, blue flowers were carried by someone who has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia while yellow represented someone who was supporting a loved one with the disease.

The most important flower was not yet given out.

“We also have a white flower that we are not able to give out yet,” said Rian Preston, a volunteer for the walk. “That means that you are a survivor of Alzheimer’s and with a lot of research that is going on right now we are very excited that we might be able to give that out within the next couple of years”

WVUA 23’s very own Jabaree Prewitt was an emcee of the event and helped kickoff the opening ceremonies.

Just under 50,000 of the 60,000 dollar goal was raised and if you want to donate, text “To End ALZ” to 51555. This will go toward research so, one day, a white rose will be given to the first survivor of many.

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