Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raises Hope and Funds for Research
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The Second Annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s took place on October 6th 2012. Nearly 150 people gathered to symbolize the fight against the disease by walking. Before the walk, people fellowshipped and talked about how Alzheimer’s has affected their lives. While drinking coffee provided by Paris Coffee Company I heard many stories of loved ones affected by this life altering disease. 21 volunteers from the Prairieland Beta Kids were on hand to help out with almost every aspect of the event.
On display was a t-shirt quilt that told its own story. The woman who made it for her granddaughter was unable to finish the quilt because of the disease. She instead offered what she had accomplished with an apology. This quilt made by Jane Curtis was a testament to how Alzheimer’s affects people and their loved ones.
Before the walk the National Anthem was sung by Selena Johnson. Her voice offered hope to those who were gathered and it was one of the most moving renditions of our National Anthem that I have heard. Then Alzheimer Association’s own Kailey Posey offered words of encouragement and statistics about the disease.
Around $21,000.00 was raised to better programs and research by the walk here in Paris, Texas. Donations are still being accepted as this fight never ends. If you would like more information about how to donate, or other resources available please visit this site.
Photos by David Claxton