A flower said it all at the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday morning. Participants were able to proclaim why they were there, just by what color flower they were holding.
Participants in the walk carried either a blue, yellow, purple, or orange flower to explain why participating in the walk was important to them. A blue flower tells the story of an individual trying to live with Alzheimer's or dementia. A yellow flower showed that the carrier was supporting or taking care of a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. Orange flowers were carried by individuals supporting the cause and hope for a world without Alzheimer's. Purple flowers were reserved for those who had lost someone to Alzheimer's or dementia.
All the colors were represented during the walk activities and Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman was on hand to help raise awareness during the beginning of the walk. Hardman spoke with the Daily Guide and video of that interview is available on the Daily Guide's Facebook page.
Hardman said supporting the walk was important to her personally, recalling her grandmother telling her when she was young that Alzheimer's is the "long goodbye." She said she felt that calling it the "long goodbye" was an apt description of what families who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease are dealing with.
Hardman estimated that about 150 people were present at the walk and said she felt it was a good turnout for the event.
"I'm sometimes in awe of families that have to go through this terrible experience and I got to speak just a little bit to the crowd about how important families are when Alzheimer's strikes," Hardman said.
Participants in the walk started in the lower part of the park and made their way around the trail near the Roubidoux carrying their flowers.