More than 300 people participated in the 2015 Surry County Walk to End Alzheimer’s this past Saturday.
The two-mile walk began at Riverside Park in Mount Airy. Participants began signing in at 9 a.m., a ceremony was held at 10 a.m. under the shelter beside the playground, with the walk starting at 10:15 a.m.
During the ceremony Jim Armbrister, city commissioner, declared Sept. 12 as Walk to End Alzheimer’s day for Surry County. A moment of silence was held to recognize the Sept. 11 weekend, followed by the national anthem sung by Kimberly Branch.
David Bumgardner spoke about the importance of the walk and reminded the crowd, “You are not alone in this fight.” Bumgardner told four stories to the crowd and each story represented a color flower that had been handed out to attendees when they signed in.
The orange flower represented Angela Allen, Brittany Buckley was represented by the yellow flower, the purple flower represented Amy Haynes and the blue flower represented a Vietnam veteran Robert Smitysmitt. Each person represented was either suffering from Alzheimer’s, worked with Alzheimer patients or was the family member of someone suffering with the disease.
“This was a huge record breaking event for Surry County,” said Dana Reynolds, development manager and coordinator for Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
More than $30,000 had been raised by 10:30 a.m., according to Reynolds. “We don’t even have the final count, so that is exciting.”
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital was given the top medical center award.
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