People Step Out to Support Alzheimer's Awareness

Participants gather for a pre-walk photo session. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Participants gather for a pre-walk photo session. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Nearly 100 people gathered in Whitney Commons Wednesday night to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and funds for the fight against the disease in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Stella Montano, who's director of Family Caregiver services at The Hub on Smith Street, said participants included teams and individual walkers, some of them individuals who live with dementia or caregivers of such individuals.

Among the teams was a group from Mel's Helping Hands. Owner Mel Kraft said she invited everybody from her business to join the walk. She said her work prompted her to join the event.

Denise Hylle also had a personal reason for walking.

The event started with registration at 5 p.m., followed by opening ceremonies that included a release of doves.

Montano introduced sponsors and others at the event, including a representative from Sen. John Barrasso, who said the senator sent his regrets that he was unable to attend in person.

Montano said the walk had two national sponsors this year – Edward Jones and Brookdale Sugarland Ridge – as well as several local sponsors.

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Doves are  released to signal the start of the event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Doves are released to signal the start of the event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Mel Kraft, at right, and members of her team. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Mel Kraft, at right, and members of her team. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Denise Hylle walked with her and a friend's dogs. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Denise Hylle walked with her and a friend's dogs. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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