ABAC hosted this month's Alzheimer's Association's "Walk for the Cure" on September 24. Crowds gathered at the baseball field in honor of those who are battling or who have lost their fight to the sixth deadliest disease in the world.
Dan Phillips funds the event and is the Development Director, and Bonnie Sayles is the one who provides the programs. These two worked together to help set up the event at ABAC.
“If someone has any of the 10 signs of Alzheimer, it’s essential to have an early diagnos's!” advised Sayles. “If you get an early diagnosis then you can get medical treatment that can at least prolong the disease.”
The ceremony opened with a prayer from a local Baptist church, then the releasing of the doves. A select few got on stage with ABAC professor Keith Perry, with each person representing a different way that Alzheimer affects people.
Finally, everyone gathered behind the starting line, and with a wave of a hand, marched around the track . They were led by the Georgia Southland Queens. “It’s very important that everyone knows about this disease,” said Bebi Wasdin, one of the directors of the Miss Georgia Southland Queens.,“Regardless if you have a relative that has it, or know someone who does, Alzheimer's will affect you.”
“The event racked in eighty percent of their total goal, which is estimated to be at least $41,000,” said Dan Phillips.
He smiled then said, “It’s exciting to see so many ABAC students join the community and help raise awareness for the disease. I would like to also thank the President of ABAC for allowing this event.”
Many of the participants were excited by the event, and the ABAC baseball and softball teams were there to help. Even Miss ABAC was at the event.
Sponsors say that it is very important to get tested. The symptoms are “Memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, new problems with words in speaking or writing, misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps, decreased or poor judgment, withdrawal from work or social activities, and changes in mood and personality.”