Thousands raised for Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Bristol Dragway

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Alzheimer’s Association raised over $50,000 to go toward research and spread awareness of the disease that affects more than six million Americans.

Over 150 people completed the walk down and back the Bristol Dragway on a misty Saturday morning.

Still, the Alzheimer’s Association has not reached its yearly goal for the Tri-Cities.

“Our Tri-Cities walk this year has raised about $51,000 and we’re aiming for $80,000,” volunteer Bobbie Marie Gregg said. “We’re still hoping to bring in some more donations through the end of the year.”

Participants also partook in the Promise Garden ceremony. The ceremony is an experience that signifies solidarity in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. The color of the flowers represents personal connections to the disease.

During the pandemic, deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 16 percent, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

For those who can not, or choose not to show up in person, opportunities were available to participate virtually or in local neighborhoods.

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