RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In November, the annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” will be held in central Virginia and 8News took some time to help the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter prepare for it.
About a dozen employees from the 8 News family came together to make two-thousand plastic flowers for the walk. On the day of the event, people will be able to write messages on them for loved ones battling Alzheimer’s Disease and they will be planted in a Promise Garden.
“Looking around the room and seeing all the bright, colorful flowers made me realize how much energy this campaign has,” said 8 News Anchor Amy Lacey, who helped make the flowers. “The flowers are full of life and hope, just like the families, friends, and supporters who come together for people battling Alzheimer’s.”
An estimated 5.3. million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, eventually becoming severe enough to interfere with daily activities. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
There are four different colors for the flowers and they each represent four types of people. Blue flowers represent people who have the disease. Yellow flowers are for people who are supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Purple represents people who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s and the orange flowers are for people who support the cause.
“I am proud to be a part of the 8News team coming together to assemble these flowers for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said 8 News Anchor and Investigative Reporter Kerri O’Brien. “I have hope that together we can make a difference in educating others about the disease and in finding a cure.”
The 8News family will be at the “Walk to end Alzheimer’s” on November 7 and will be walking with the “Alzheimer’s Staff and Friends Walk Team” to help find a cure.
To start your own walk team, just visit the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” website.
To learn more about the disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.