LIBERTY — Hundreds turned out Saturday, Sept. 7, for the first Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road.
Although organizers had a goal of raising $25,000, the event surpassed and doubled that goal, raising more than $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Laura Pixler of Liberty had 24 people come with her from places like St. Louis and St. Joseph in recognition of her mother Trecla Deterich, also in attendance, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Pixler was one of many participants who attended to show support for family.
Betty Flowers attended in memory of her mother.
“I lost my mom to Alzheimer’s several years ago,” Flowers said. “She suffered for about seven years.”
Debra Church came to support Flowers, her friend.
“I’m just supporting the cause and with my friend and her momma,” Church said. “We like to walk together so we like to find good causes to walk for.”
Flowers said she will return to walk in the event in coming years.
During the event, participants were presented with different colored flowers. Those holding orange flowers were in support of the cause. Those with purple flowers represented the population of people who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s. Yellow flowers were held by those supporting or caring for someone currently living with Alzheimer’s. Those holding a blue flower were individuals living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The hope of the Alzheimer’s Association is to someday have someone with a white flower, signaling a person who beat Alzheimer’s.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million people are living with the disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2000 and 2017, deaths from Alzheimer’s increased by 145%.
To learn more about the association, visit act.alz.org.