This year’s Inland Empire Walk to End Alzheimer’s was not a large-group, in-person event this year, but more than 1,000 individuals and small teams walked separately in many places in Ontario, Temecula and Riverside.
The Oct. 17 event raised nearly $185,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, according to a news release. The funds will help provide care, support, advocacy and research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They will also help fund the will also Alzheimer’s Association’s 24-hour helpline, 800-272-3900.
While more than 1,000 individuals and small teams did not walk as a group this year; however they still walked to raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease across the Inland Empire
Participants walked on sidewalks, tracks and trails and after walking, they were able to view a drive-by flower garden at Toyota Arena in Ontario.
In the garden, purple flowers were for those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, yellow flowers were for caregivers and blue flowers were for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Orange flowers signified those envisioning a world without Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
“It’s unfortunate that we cannot meet as a group this year,” Margaret Barron, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland, said in the news release. “However, the important thing is that we are still walking, on the same day and with the same relentless dedication.”
The walk began with an opening ceremony, with ABC7’s Rob McMillan as master of ceremonies.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research. For information, go to alz.org or call 800-272-3900.