BANGOR – The Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s returned to the Bangor Waterfront this morning. The event raises awareness and money for the disease.
“This community has embraced Walk to End Alzheimer’s for years,” said Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter Executive Director Laurie Trenholm. “There’s such heart in this community and people really want to support people around them.”
The walk is the world’s largest Alzheimer’s awareness event. Participants were able to learn more about the disease as well as advocacy opportunities in Washington D.C.
Spinning flowers were given out as a part of the event. The different colors represented the ways that each person has been affected by the disease.
“We have purple that represents that you’ve lost someone to the disease,” said the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter Community Events Manager Katie Luce. “Yellow means that you care for someone living with the disease. Orange is just that you want to see a world without Alzheimer’s and blue means that you are living with the disease.
“The symbolism of that is very powerful because people need that hope that we can do this, we can end this,” said Trenholm.