BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Over 5 million people have Alzheimer’s according to alz.org. On Saturday, people across Northwest Arkansas came together to try and put an end to the disease.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Bentonville. The 2-mile walk is held every year in an effort to raise money for a cure.
“It’s important for us to raise the critically needed funds not only to enhance the care and support for the local community but to also advance the research so we can one day find a cure and that first survivor,” said Carly Dethlefs, the special events coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Arkansas Chapter.
For many of the participants, the disease has made a personal and long-lasting impact on their lives.
“My grandfather lost his life to Alzheimer’s more than 15 years ago and I’ve also had an aunt that passed away from Alzheimer’s so it really hits home,” Dethlefs said
One Northwest Arkansas couple started designing and selling socks for $10. They call it ‘Sock it to Alzheimer’s’.
“We feel these socks are designed to where if you see a pair of these socks someone’s going to ask you a question about them so that raises the awareness. And then we figured $10 at a time will help the Alzheimer’s Association.” Mark Linkous said.
Linkous lost his mom to Alzheimer’s when she was 95. His wife was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. These events are the driving force behind this new endeavor.
“To me, I feel like that every time we sell a pair of these socks that I’m doing something for her and something for my mother and that’s my whole reason for doing this,” Linkous said.
The couple came up with the idea just six months ago and already have as many designs. It’s something that’s become a special part of their lives.
“Each one has a name and story, the advocate, the reminder, and remember to not let us forget about those who have made the journey and those currently making the journey with Alzheimer’s,” Linkous said.