Alzheimer's Association hosts luncheon for walk kickoff

Alzheimer's Association hosts luncheon for walk kickoff
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Alzheimer's Association held a luncheon Wednesday to kick off the walk coming up in a couple of months.

Zachary Hatley is the chairman for the walk this year, and he said the luncheon helps get people excited for the walk.

"It promotes community involvement and gets them excited and gets people signed up for the walk," Hatley said. "It is almost like a pep rally for the walk."

Hatley said the walk is an exciting event that helps support those battling Alzheimer's.

"Different agencies and businesses set up vendor booths, and it is just all about highlighting people that are dealing with Alzheimer's, trying to find a cure, promoting the advocacy and it is just a special day," Hatley said. "It is a sea of purple, and we just go all out."

Hatley encourages everyone to come out to the walk on September 17.

He said it is a great event for people looking to help out in the community.

"It is pretty addictive," Hatley said. "I would say if you come one time you are hooked. If you have a giver spirit, or you are just looking for something to do in the community, this is definitely a great way to start."

Hatley joined the association almost eight years ago, and he said it is a part of his life now.

"My heart is in Alzheimer's, so this is very special to me," Hatley said.

He enjoys being a part of something that works hard to help families and individuals in this battle.

"Don't be scared of it, don't be afraid to have that conversation and make the appointment with the doctor," Hatley said. "Call us, find us. We want to give you those resources."

The association helps start the conversation for people who may not know what to do when facing this disease.

"There isn't a cure yet, but we are hopeful there are ways to cope with it," Hatley said. "I always say every day with Alzheimer's is different, but you can get through it, don't be scared of it just kind of embrace it and take it one day at a time and that is the best you can do."

The walk will be held on Arkansas State's campus from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

People interested in donating or walking can sign up on the website.

Hatley said he would love to see new faces this year contributing to the cause.

"We would love to see schools in the area or local churches come in and help," Hatley said. "We have various different things for you to do and we will gladly put you to work."

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