This year’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” was like none before. Good Shepherd Institute of Healthy Living graciously accommodated the event because Heritage Plaza was not available due to downtown construction. The Walk’s 2014 Chair Phillip Gurganus and his committees threw themselves into the event, making it a true labor of love that brought great success through the array of agencies and groups that turned out in support of the campaign.
Participants flocked from all over East Texas turning out a diverse multitude of walkers. Also, the Alzheimer’s Association from Dallas were present. Age and background were not limiting factors, either. After all, Alzheimer’s directly or indirectly affects everyone.
In addition, there were families and  friends, who came for their own personal reasons.
The Crayton family was one. They walked for their family members who have the disease or already succumbed to it. The Craytons like to stay informed about the disease and, give every support they can.
From  presenting the flag, singing of the national anthem, praying for the event, snacks and water for the walkers, cheers from the Longview High School Viewettes and  Hallsville Junior High Cheerleaders, the Walk turned out beautifully. Gurganus was also pleased with the Walk.  “It was a great event,” he said.  “Everything came together and people had fun while contributing to the fight against Alzheimer’s.”
The Honorable Gregg County Judge keynoted the event and thanked all the participants. Furthermore, he made the importance of the “WALK” clear. “We walk today so  the future generations won’t have to deal with Alzheimer’s.” One of the key steps in the fight against Alzheimer’s is donating for research and services.
According to research, every 68 seconds someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which is our country’s 6th leading cause of death. Not only does the Walk raise money for Alzheimer’s research, but the local Alzheimer’s office provides families with free services when needed.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event held to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Annually, it is held in more than 600 communities across the country. It inspires participants of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to claim a better future for millions.