Taking the Lead: 8News helps Alzheimer’s ‘Promise Garden’ grow

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — An assembly line of sorts is set up in an 8News conference room as members of the team put together one pinwheel after another.  They will make up the Promise Garden at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Richmond.

“At each walk that we do nationwide, we have these flowers, and each color represents something to the individuals who show up to our walks,” explains Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond Spokesperson Jeff Baldwin.  “The purple flowers mean, unfortunately, you’ve lost a loved one to the disease, either Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  The yellow flowers mean you’re a caregiver.  The orange flowers mean you’re just a community member who supports the cause, and the blue flowers represent you are living with Alzheimer’s.”

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Richmond participants who have lost a loved one to the disease will carry a purple flower.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Richmond participants who have lost a loved one to the disease will carry a purple flower.

It gives participants an opportunity to show a rainbow of support on walk day.

“You’ll get a chance to pick the flower that represents why you’re involved with the walk.  We’ll give you a Sharpie, and  you can write a message to your loved one,” says Baldwin.

About the walkers, Baldwin adds, “One day we’re going to find a cure, and they’re all playing a small part in that, so I think it’s a very personal way for them to show why they’re involved.”

8News is a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s November 5.  The community is invited to join the ‘WRIC Taking the Lead to ENDALZ‘ team.  Follow this link to register or make a donation.

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