Amarillo, TX - Hundreds of area residents took small steps in hopes of making big progress in the fight against a severe disease.
"It means so much to me. I lost my dad several years ago to severe dementia and watching him was like watching my hero crumble right in front of my eyes, one piece at a time," says Lorry Parker, lost father to Alzheimer's.
She is not alone.
Family, friends and caregivers walked together in memory of loved ones who died from Alzheimer's disease and to support the more than 340,000 people in Texas who are still fighting the battle.
"I just want them to keep the hope alive and just know that we are here to help. Our money goes to research and advancement for that, so we're getting closer each day," says Tracy Sommers, Alzheimer's Association.
Caregivers provide more than 1.5 billion hours of unpaid care every year, the road for them is not easy.
That's why the Alzheimer's Association provides services to them as well.
"You can build relationships, you can come into a support group where you can laugh, you can cry. You can say whatever you want. We will lift you up and support you," says Lorry Parker, lost father to Alzheimer's.
Each person walked for a different reason which was represented by different flowers.
When they all came them together they created a garden of hope.
"It's amazing to me today. I had my three cousins here and we planted our flowers together because we've all lost somebody. Just to be able to do that together, it was so important to me. So get support because you can't do it by yourself, it's too hard," says Lorry Parker, lost father to Alzheimer's.
Just because the Alzheimer's walk has ended, doesn't mean the fight has ended.
On November 9th at the Amarillo Inn, top fundraising teams, top individuals and an incentive winner for the walk to end Alzheimer's event will be announced.
You're encouraged to keep fundraising until then.
For every $25 that you raise, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a big screen TV.
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