LUMBERTON — Among the 100 or so people who ignored threatening weather on Saturday to take a walk at Luther Britt Park to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease was a family who buried its matriarch that day, a victim of the disease.
Luther Moore, whose mother Rosie died of Alzheimer’s on Oct. 14 joined 13 family members and five members of Prospect United Methodist Church for two hours on Saturday before his mother’s funeral at 2 p.m.
“I had decided before Mama passed … to walk again in any way possible,” he said. “That’s what Mama would have wanted us to do. [Alzheimer’s] is just something that there needs to be more awareness of.”
The Alzheimer’s NC Walk for Memory raised almost $18,000 for Alzheimer’s education and research, according to Amy Hammond, co-chair of the walk.
“Our goal was $12,000, so we surpassed that,” Hammond said.
Diannee Hunt, a Walk for Memory committee member, praised the Moore family’s participation.
“I am in awe of that family taking the time to come to the walk on the day they buried Ms. Rosie,” Hunt said.
More than 5.2 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s, and about 25,000 die from the disease each year, making it the No. 6 killer in the country.
Dr. Robin Peace, who practices family medicine, served as honorary chair of the walk and talked to participants about recognizing symptoms of Alzheimer’s and the need for caregivers to take care of themselves.
“Everything ran smoothly,” Hammond said. “[Peace] was great.”
Hammond said John Hodges, a theater teacher at Purnell Swett High School, brought his students to perform “scenes from an upcoming sock hop they’re doing.”
“It was the best entertainment we’ve ever had at a walk,” Hammond said. “One of the most important things to do to prevent Alzheimer’s is physical activity.”
Hunt said the Chick-Fil-A cow entertained and plenty of people went away happy.
“The entertainment was spectacular,” she said. “We gave away over $1,000 worth of door prizes, all of which were donated. It was a wonderful day.”
For information about Alzheimer’s, visit www.alznc.org.