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Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises more than $52,000

Downtown Farmington was filled with blue, purple, yellow and orange flowers Saturday morning as hundreds came out to raise awareness and funds in hopes of one day seeing the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease.

The local Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held at the courthouse square in downtown Farmington, with a focus on remembering those who have forgotten.

According to Walk Committee Member Laura Laramore, this year’s walk raised more than $52,000 with 281 participants making up 37 teams.

As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that touches millions of lives every day in different ways. For each connection one might have with the disease, Walks to End Alzheimer’s across the nation provides recognition via its “Promise Garden.”

“They use that at all of their opening ceremonies,” Laramore explained. “They use different colors of flowers for people affected by Alzheimer’s differently — a blue flower for a person with Alzheimer’s, a yellow flower for a person who’s caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, purple for someone who’s lost someone and orange for people who support the cause and vision.”

The individuals who make up this “Promise Garden” gathered at the St. Francois County Courthouse steps on Saturday morning to walk a route down Columbia Street to Main Street, turning on Liberty Street to North A Street and turning back on Columbia Street to return to the courthouse.

Laramore said while the walk has been held at other locations in the past, the location downtown this year provided a great space for the event, with plenty of room for parking and a great backdrop for the opening ceremony.

The walk had previously been scheduled for early September but was rescheduled due to rain at the time. Laramore said Saturday proved to be a great makeup day, with a great turnout despite the date change.

“The weather was wonderful,” she said. “We had a really good turnout, especially considering we’d had to reschedule the walk.”

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association and is used to raise funds across the country for the care of those living with Alzheimer’s, awareness for the severity of the disease and research for potential treatments.

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The “Promise Garden” at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Farmington contains different shades of flowers to recognize those impacted by the disease in different ways.

Hundreds participate in the local Walk to End Alzheimer's in downtown Farmington Saturday morning. 

Hundreds participate in the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s in downtown Farmington Saturday morning. 

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The “Promise Garden” at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Farmington contains different shades of flowers to recognize those impacted by the disease in different ways.

About 281 walkers turned out Saturday morning in Farmington, working together to raise over $52,000 to go toward Alzheimer's treatment, awareness and research.

About 281 walkers turned out Saturday morning in Farmington, working together to raise over $52,000 to go toward Alzheimer’s treatment, awareness and research.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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