OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of Oklahomans walked in support of Alzheimer’s awareness near the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City Saturday morning.
The annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s brings Alzheimer’s patients, their families, friends and supporters together to share their stories.
“Today is about bringing our community together. There are 62,000 Oklahomans who have Alzheimer’s and we can play a role in helping make a difference by advancing research and extending our help and services to those impacted by Alzheimer’s,” said Mark Fried, CEO of the Oklahoma chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
NewsChannel 4’s Lance West, the emcee of Saturday’s walk, lost his father to Alzheimer’s disease two and a half years ago.
His mother was also diagnosed with the disease. He said he was amazed by today’s crowd.
“I’m calling for a 100 percent chance of tears,” referring to the supportive crowd gathered to hear him speak about how this cruel disease has hit his family hard.
The crowd was estimated to be around 8,000 people as well as some happy dogs who came out wearing purple bandannas in support of The Walk To End Alzheimer’s.
So far, donations totaled nearly $480,000, but there is still time to donate.
In fact, Volunteer Event Chair Herb Magley says anyone who donates or raises $100 for the OKC Walk between Sept. 25 and Oct. 31 will be entered to win a “Bedlam Tailgate for Two” package. The package includes two tickets to the Bedlam game, one Yeti Hopper 20 and two Alzheimer’s Association swag bags.
If you’d like to donate to The Walk To End Alzheimer’s, visit the organization’s website.