The Alzheimer’s Association held its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center on Saturday. The walk is 2 miles and has occurred every year since 1989.
S.C. Rep. Tom Young, R-Aiken, served as the MC for the day and started off the walk with an uplifting speech.
“(With this walk), we are one step closer in the fight to end Alzheimer’s,” Young said.
Around 250 people showed up for this walk, which is a bigger turnout than past years, according to Ashton Houghton, vice president of development and communications for the S.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“This walk is all about raising awareness and supporting the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association,” Houghton said.
Along with raising awareness, this walk serves as a fundraiser.
“There are 80,000 people in South Carolina living with Alzheimer’s and 275,000 caregivers for those people,” Houghton said. “The funds raised from the walk helps to support the 80,000 people and supports research on a national level.”
There are also certain aspects of this walk that Houghton enjoys more than others.
“I love hearing the stories of why people get involved. It’s amazing how many people are affected and then join the cause to end Alzheimer’s,” Houghton said.
Each person also had a flower that went into the promise garden. There were four different colors of flowers that represented the four different reasons that people were walking. The blue represented those who currently have Alzheimer’s, purple is for those walking in memory of someone who had Alzheimer’s, yellow is for the caregivers and orange is for the advocates and supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association.