Downtown Hopkinsville saw hundreds of people walking in support of one day finding a cure to Alzheimer’s, during the annual Pennyrile Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday.
The walk is held each year to raise funds for research, patient care and support for those who take care of loved ones with the disease. Tyler Jones with Edwards Jones, the national presenting sponsor of the walk, says they are committed to finding a cure and helping the families who suffer from Alzheimer’s affects.
Cindy Hancock says the community’s support is always overwhelming each year. She’s says she lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s and she, the volunteers and the walkers work hard to keep other families from going through the same.
As of walk morning, approximately $69,300 of the $100,000 goal was raised, but donations will continue to be accepted until the end of the year and those donations can be made online at alz.org/walk. The top individual raiser for this walk is Rachel Gardner who raised $2,500, the top professional caretaker team is Team Christian Care that raised $6,360 and the top corporate team was Bank of Cadiz, raising $6,850.
The top friends and family team was Memory Keepers, raising $7,850 in support of finding a cure. Orange, purple, blue and yellow flowers were handed out and signed, each showing a supporter, a caretaker, a loved one who has passed away or someone who has Alzheimer’s.
The hope is that one day, they will hand out the first white flower, which represents a survivor.