The eighth yearly Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is expected to gather more than 800 participants with different color pinwheel flowers which will contain the names of loved ones suffering from the disease.
The walk will take place in the Circus Square Park, and the participants could choose from the 2 miles path or the shorter version, with both routes passing through center Bowling Green. Although the event did not require a fee, donations were encouraged.
The co-leader of the Walk for Alzheimer’s South Central Kentucky organization, Dan Price, mentioned that the goal of $93,000 was surpassed, but individuals could still contribute until the end of the year in the name of the event by donating online to the Alzheimer’s Association in Louisville.
Price stated that he is impressed by the community’s interest for the event and their fundraising efforts.
As the participants crossed the finish line, cheerleaders of the Western Kentucky University congratulated them knowing that all the members had their reason for participating in the event.
Maegan Eason, a Bowling Green citizen who’s grandma died in May after being an Alzheimer’s sufferer, says that the event gets more people concerned with this issue and raises awareness. Moreover, all of the donations will be used for further research needed to find a cure for the disease.
Stephanie Lindsey, the administrator of Signature Healthcare of Bowling Green also had her reason for participating in the event. Her husband’s grandmother died of the disease and the department she works at has a specialized Alzheimer’s section.
Lindsey also believes that too many individuals do not understand the impact that the disease has on the sufferer and on the families that need to take care of the Alzheimer patient. Lindsey sees the struggle of families and residents, and she states that this is a cause worth fighting for.
Kim Hill is another Bowling Green participant at the event who lost a loved one who struggled with the disease. Her mother died in 2012 after fighting Alzheimer’s starting 2007. The most hurtful impact that the disease had on her as a caregiver was related to her mother’s memory shifting when it came to Hill being her child.
Neurologists warned Hill that when assuming the role of her mother’s caregiver, she would damage and influence her memories which will lead to her mother forgetting she had a daughter and only considering her as a nurse.
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