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Tech students walk to end Alzheimer’s

October 27, 2016

Morgan Bernard

Staff Reporter | mrb056@latech.edu

At the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, participants were issued flowers, the color of which depended on how Alzheimer’s has affected the individual. Photo by Jonathan Shaul.

At the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, participants were issued flowers, the color of which depended on how Alzheimer’s has affected the individual. Photo by Jonathan Shaul.

 

The Louisiana Boardwalk in Shreveport was filled with hundreds of blue, purple, yellow and orange flowers the morning of Oct. 22.  Each color represented a different way a person can be connected to Alzheimer’s. These flowers were just a small part of  the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

 

The walk, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, was a fundraiser for the association and an event for spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s. Sigma Kappa sisters from Louisiana Tech and several other local organizations participated in the walk.

 

Debby Hayes, assistant director of the Louisiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, was a speaker at the walk. She said the association started these events not only to raise money, but also as a way to educate people.

 

“Obviously, our main mission is to end Alzheimer’s,” Hayes said. “But in addition to that, we want to promote brain health, so we can then try to prevent brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”

 

She said the Alzheimer’s Association is a resource for families who have loved ones affected by the brain disease.

Photo by Jonathan Shaul.

Photo by Jonathan Shaul.

“We want to provide help and support to families battling with Alzheimer’s,” Hayes said. “We are a national organization, and we have 600 of these events every year as a way to spread awareness.”

 

Hayes said they had their largest attendance this year, and she hopes for even more people to come for future events.

 

Many participants of the walk said they enjoyed it and even shared their personal stories as to why the cause is important to them. Amy Bullock, a participant in the walk, said her family came to the event because they wanted to show support for families like their own.

 

“We came here today for my grandmother, ‘Memaw,’ Selina Nesom, who died of Alzheimer’s,” Bullock said. “We are part of a local group who donates to the Alzheimer’s Association and we’ve been coming for the past five years to this walk.”

 

Bullock said she and her family always enjoy the event and they love what it stands for.

 

“My sister and I were caregivers for our grandmother when we were only 30 years old and that was an overwhelming experience,” she said. “We understand why the awareness is so important, and that is why we come. Families should know about the services available to them when dealing with Alzheimer’s.”

 

Other participants of the walk came to support the cause even though they had no experiences dealing with Alzheimer’s. Hannah Nichols, a sophomore biomedical engineering major and member of Sigma Kappa, said she enjoyed the walk.

 

“I think it was a great day for it, and the walk was fun with my friends,” Nichols said. “I really liked the photo booth and free snacks. It’s a cool way to show support for people and their families who are dealing with Alzheimer’s.”

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