Ridgecrest walk raises $26,000 for Alzheimer’s Association

Ridgecrest walk raises $26,000 for Alzheimer’s AssociationALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION — Ridgecrest residents walked throughout the city’s neighborhoods, parks and trails, waving flags and sporting purple outfits to raise awareness and more than $26,000 in funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s through the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s last weekend.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants were unable to walk together, in one location as they have in the past. Instead, they walked as individuals and small groups across the area. After walking, participants were able to view a drive-by flower garden located at Leroy Jackson Park. Each flower in the garden carried a specific significance: Purple – I lost someone to Alzheimer’s or another dementia; Yellow – I am a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia; – Orange: I envision a world without Alzheimer’s or another dementia; Blue – I am a person living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

“It’s unfortunate that we cannot meet as a group this year,” said Margaret Barron, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland. “However, the important thing is that we are still walking, on the same day and with the same relentless dedication. We will be walking in different locations at the same time, with the same goal: to find prevention, treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s.”

The walk began with an online opening ceremony, emceed by ABC23’s Mike Hart.

Funds raised at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s support Alzheimer’s care, support, research and advocacy. This year’s largest Ridgecrest Walk to End Alzheimer’s sponsor, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, works closely with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide year-round care and support services to families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia throughout Ridgecrest. For more information on local services visit alz.org/socal or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Pictured: Top Ridgecrest Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, “Grandpa’s Little Lizards,” which raised nearly $5,000 this year, poses for a photo at this year’s Promise Flower Garden at Leroy Jackson Park. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-10-30