Walk to end Alzheimer’s takes over Huntsville’s Botanical Gardens
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– Huntsville’s Walk to end Alzheimer’s was Saturday at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Hundreds of residents came together to walk in honor of those facing the disease. Here in Alabama, 89,000 people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Laura Morris was a caregiver for many years. She was used to taking care of other people, but never thought she’d be treating someone in her own home.
“My husband started having severe headaches, and in 2007 he was diagnosed with vascular dementia,” said Morris. He was just 46 years old. It took her awhile, but Morris finally decided to reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association.
She is now an ambassador for them and is participating in the walk for a third year. “I don’t know why I finally decided other than I was just at my ropes end. Not so much that he was a huge problem, but I just needed some help,” she said.
Morris said the walk is a great way to show those suffering from the disease how much support they have.
“For my husband, it really lets him know that we’re not alone, and everybody’s in this fight. It affects everyone,” she said.
The disease is hard; not just on the patients, but their loved ones as well. Morris walks to hopefully change that for future generations.
“I knew I needed to do something because, for my children’s future and for little kids coming up, we need to end this disease,” said Morris.
Over a thousand people joined in the fight to end Alzheimer’s Disease and walked on Saturday.
The North Alabama Alzheimer’s Association has set a goal at $161,000. Going into the walk Saturday, they had raised $120,000 of that amount. They will still be fundraising and taking donations in order to reach that goal.