The Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming up on September 10 at Sertoma Park. You still have time to get involved to help end this disease that affects so many people.
Leslie Morrow, the state executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, says there are at least 17,000 people living with Alzheimer's in South Dakota, and that number is increasing. She says the money that is donated to the Association helps with the care of those patients and their families, but it also goes to support critical research. As of now, there is no known cure for Alzheimer's, Morrow says.
Although the topic is serious and sober, the Walk to End Alzheimer's is all about hope and bringing together families who are suffering from the disease. Morrow says everyone that shows up to the walk will get one of four different pinwheel flowers: purple to represent those who have lost someone to Alzheimer's, yellow is for family and caregivers, blue if they are living with Alzheimer's, and orange if they are an advocate. At the event, everyone will be able to "plant" their pinwheel flower in a Promise Garden. Morrow says it's a way to let people see just how many people are affected by Alzheimer's.
There is no registration fee, but anyone who raises $100 will get a Walk to End Alzheimer's t-shirt. Morrow says they're expecting over 1,200 participants this year.
For more information and to register, click here. You can also call the Alzheimer's Association local phone number (605) 339-4543.