Our Friends at Erratic Behavior, along with Defy Life, teamed up to Walk For Alzheimer’s.
By: Tess McCoy, Erratic Behavior Erraticbehavior.org
This year Erratic Behavior, along with Defy Life, came together with a team made up of family and friends and walked in Columbia, SC’s 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The experience was almost indescribable with people from all over joining together to walk for loved ones.
It was a bright and sunny morning, perfect for a walk, and Columbia’s Alzheimer’s Association team did an excellent job organizing. As soon as participants arrived they were greeted with smiles and cheers and after signing in entered the Spirit Communications Park where spin wheel flowers were given out to carry in honor of whom you were walking for. The flowers ranged in color with each representing a different reason for walking. After picking up their flowers, participants were free to walk around to the multiple different table set-ups before the walk began. There were volunteers giving out free snacks and beverages as well as a fun photo booth with props, which made for a very memorable experience. Once all participants were signed in and ready to go, a brief ceremony on the field was presented with speakers giving the meanings of the flowers we all now proudly held. After the presentation, it was time for the walk.
The two-mile walk through the streets surrounding the ballpark was filled with laughter, cheers, and music. As a team, Erratic Behavior played some of our Grandma Athlee Helton’s favorite tunes from Tyrone Davis. The photo above was taken after the team finished the walk and you can see the look of accomplishment on our faces. In total, there were 1,473 participants that helped to raise $142,849.14 for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Though with this walk, the fight to end Alzheimer’s is far from over; it is a step in the right direction.
For more information on this monstrous disease and how you can join in the fight please visit http://www.alz.org/.