SHOALS – Imagine for a moment that you are suddenly in an unfamiliar place where the people around you know you, but you don’t know them. You see the pain in their faces, but you can’t comprehend why it is there, let alone realize it is because you don’t recognize them. You desperately want to go home, but you don’t remember where home is! This is the terrifying reality of a person suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease has swiftly become an epidemic. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Astoundingly, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and traps another victim every sixty-five seconds. Chances are, if you don’t personally know someone with Alsheimer’s, you more than likely know someone caring for someone suffering from the disease. More than 16 million family members are caring for their loved ones, and it is not an easy task. The Alzheimer’s Association has been striving to raise money for care, support, and research by organizing “Walks to End Alzheimer’s.”
Pam Hodges is one of the organizers of the walk. She said, “Last year was our very first Shoals Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We had great success. Our goal last year was $50,000 and we blew it out of the water and raised $115,000!”
This year the 2 mile walk will be on September 15 with registration at 12:30pm. The walk will begin at 2:30pm in McFarland Park in Florence. Forming a team or registering to walk is easy! Simply log on to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s -Shoals website where you can register a team, register to walk, volunteer, or make a donation! Sponsorships are $7,500 for an Elite Sponsorship, $3,750 for a Premier Sponsorship, $1,875 for Select Sponsorship, $1,500 for a Champion Sponsorship, $1,125 each for a Route Sponsorship, a Kids Area Sponsorship, and Refreshment Sponsorship.
“We had 750 people participate last year. That was a great first walk,” Hodges added. “Teams are needed to raise money to reach this year’s goal of $125,000. Walk participants are given flowers to plant in the PROMISE GARDEN. Orange flowers declare support for a cure for Alzheimer’s, Purple is for walkers who lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, Yellow flowers are for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s, and Blue is for people living with dementia.”
Every individual who raises at least $100 will get a free Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt whether you walk or not. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated for this worthwhile event! You may also contact Pam Hodges from Home Instead Senior Care at 256-764-4316; Lee Clement, Chair of Event at 256-710-2559; Cheryl Berryman, Co-Chair. 256-710-2376; or Jen Manning 256-880-1575 x9786 for more information.
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