MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) — West Texans rallied at the Cimarex Pavilion to fight Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, and over 55 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
When someone has Alzheimer’s, they forget even the simplest things that come naturally to not having the disease.
This was the largest event for the organization, which aims to raise $175,000 to find a cure for this disease.
Family and friends gathered to support the fight to find a cure for this disease.
“The money we raise today will go toward the Alzheimer’s effort, and we’re using that money to work on legislation in Congress and to work on legislation in the state capital to bring about positive change when it comes around Alzheimer’s going, and pushing for that cure. We’ve seen some great developments recently.” Dustin Fawcett, Permian Basin Walk to End Alzheimer’s Board Committee.
The struggle to raise money doesn’t just end there, although it helps with a lot more.
“The funds we raise throughout the year we can use here in our community to set up more education programs and more support groups, and we have new partnerships with our health systems to make some important changes in how we deliver health care and how we treat people People can be diagnosed and treated that way here in the Permian Basin,” Julie Gray, development director of the West Texas Alzheimer’s Association.
Each registered participant received a promised garden flower. 4 colors represent everyone there.
Blue represents someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Purple is for those who have lost someone to the disease. Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for a person with Alzheimer’s. Orange is for those who support the cause and the association’s vision of a world free of Alzheimer’s and all other forms of dementia.
“Everyone has a loved one who may or may not have dementia or Alzheimer’s and it has affected me personally and I think this is a great cause and event,” Fawcett said
The goal of raising that $175,000 doesn’t end today. The goal to achieve this is by the end of the year. So if you want to help you can visit their website here.
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