Inaugural Pampa Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Oct. 16

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The Inaugural Pampa Walk to End Alzheimer’s slated for Oct. 16 at Harvesters Field from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The inspiration behind the event comes from how Alzheimer’s has affected those organizing it.

Pair that with Edward Jones, for whom organizer Jacqueline Braddock is an agent for, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

“I was really happy when I started here to do Alzheimer’s awareness-type things,” Braddock said. “It was important for me to do it here because there is the walk in Amarillo every year. It could impact our local community and raise awareness. It’s hard for some people to go to Amarillo.”

Organizer Kathryn Campbell added it would help spread awareness further east from Pampa.

The event at Harvester Field starts with free registration at 9 a.m. followed by a ceremony and guest speaker at 10 a.m. Following the opening festivities, the teams will take a one-mile walk.

“We will have music, vendors, a couple of food trucks,” Campbell said. “After you register your team, the Alzheimer’s Association will send you your walk flags.”

Sponsorships and vendor spots are available until Monday, Sept. 27 and more information can be found at the Walk’s Facebook page (Pampa’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s).

There is added incentive for booster clubs and high school organizations to sign up a team.

“We have decided that if a high school organization/booster club signs up, they can get a vendor table,” Braddock said. “It’ll raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s in youth. So many people in our community in their 20s have been diagnosed and passed away from young on-set Alzheimers. It’s not just the elderly, it’s the younger ones.”

When registering, the Pampa walk is under the umbrella of the Amarillo walk so teams will need to put “Pampa” in parenthesis next to their team name. Register for the Walk here: https://bit.ly/2W3AyRo.

For more information, e-mail alzheimerswalkpampa@gmail.com or call Jacqueline Braddock at 806-665-6753.

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