On Nov. 3 Regional Park will be hosting Ardmore’s first ever Walk to End Alzheimers. This will be one of five walks the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting across the state in 2018.
“We decided to bring the walk to Ardmore after the amount of success we’ve had in Ada for the past two years,” said Paula Huckabaa, manager of Walk to End Alzheimers, Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma. “This disease is growing and we wanted to spread awareness into more communities.”
 Alzheimers is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. According to Huckabaa, there are currently 64,000 patients living in Oklahoma along with 223,000 unpaid caregivers helping these patients with their daily lives, and these numbers are
constantly growing. The walk will help raise awareness while raising funds for research and family programs.
The goal of Ardmore’s first ever Walk to End Alzheimers is $50,000 and so far they’ve raised almost 50 percent of that goal.
“We highly encourage everyone who would like to participate to register online,” Huckabaa said. This will provide tools and information for fundraising. “Then they can raise funds on their Facebook ahead of time.”
Funds raised from the over 600 walks across the nation have been used to provide more than $405 million towards scientific research as well as providing care and support to all those facing the disease, including a free nationwide helpline offering information and referrals. The number is (800) 272-3900 and is open 24/7.
“We really want people to know that help is available,” Huckabaa said.
Ardmore’s Walk will be at Regional Park on November 3. The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. but truly kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Promise Garden Ceremony where everyone is given a flower to represent how they are connected to the disease. Purple flowers are for those who have lost a loved one to Alzheimers. Yellow flowers are given to care givers. Blue flowers are given to those living with the disease, and orange are given to those offering their support despite having no direct connection. After the ceremony the walk will begin.