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Vancouver will walk for Alzheimer’s cure

Over 600 people will walk three miles to raise money for Alzheimer’s research

VANCOUVER — Over 600 people will walk 3 miles in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, in support of the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will have its inaugural walk in Esther Short Park at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The fundraiser is supported by teams and individuals which have contributed through past events and philanthropy. The Walk as an organization is the world’s largest event to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.  

Supporters gather for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Portland, on Aug. 26. Supporters decked in purple walk around 3 miles to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Photo courtesy of Reed Ritchey
Supporters gather for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Portland, on Aug. 26. Supporters decked in purple walk around 3 miles to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Photo courtesy of Reed Ritchey

Over 600 people have signed up online, and many more are expected to attend, said Kara Griffey, Walk Director of Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Vancouver.

“This walk is doing amazing,” Griffey said. “We’re really hoping Sunday is a time to come together and really let the community know what we are offering.”  

The fundraising goal for Vancouver’s walk was set $40,000. Currently, The Walk’s teams and contributors have raised 197 percent of their goal, at just shy of $79,000, according to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s official site.

Purple flowers are carried by walkers who have lost someone to the Alzheimer’s disease. The group also has yellow flowers, carried by those currently caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, and white flowers, for the day when survivors of the disease walk alongside them. Photo courtesy of Reed Ritchey
Purple flowers are carried by walkers who have lost someone to the Alzheimer’s disease. The group also has yellow flowers, carried by those currently caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, and white flowers, for the day when survivors of the disease walk alongside them. Photo courtesy of Reed Ritchey

“Anyone that’s dealing with it [Alzheimer’s] or has dealt with it, and hasn’t come open with it … get involved with this,” said Penny Baggett, organizer of Walk team, “Forget Me Not,” and supporter of Alzheimer’s research. “It’s healing to your heart.”

Baggett lost her father to Lewy Body dementia in 2016, and has been an avid supporter of the fundraising efforts done by The Walk ever since. Her Walk team raised over $10,000 for this week’s Walk, and has 40 people at it’s heart.

Penny Baggett and her husband at a previous Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Penny is a grand champion club member because of her contributions and fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s research. Photo courtesy of Penny Baggett
Penny Baggett and her husband at a previous Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Penny is a grand champion club member because of her contributions and fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s research. Photo courtesy of Penny Baggett

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s hosted another successful walk in Portland last month, and expects to have a moving and well attended ceremony in Vancouver as well.

Another proponent of The Walk is to educate people on the signs of Alzheimer’s, and provide them with resources, like their 24/7 help line.

“We are really out there trying to elevate awareness about this cause,” Griffey said. “The Walk is our biggest opportunity to come together and celebrate what we are doing as a community.”

For more information, visit The Walk to End Alzheimer’s website, or visit them on Facebook.  

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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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