On a bright, sunny, and unseasonably warm Saturday, the Alzheimer’s Association held their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event in Portsmouth, NH. Participants gathered on the grounds of Strawberry Banke where they registered, picked up colored windmill flowers for the Promise Garden, and visited booths from a variety of organizations related to Alzheimer’s care, treatment, and support. About 1,100 people showed up to support the fundraising event.
My job was to get candid photos of the participants, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers. It’s exciting to be a part of a special event filled with emotions – mostly happiness and energy, but also sadness for those stricken this horrible disease. Once all the teams had arrived, there was a brief ceremony to honor the various ways people are connected to Alzheimer’s. The different colored flowers represented those living with Alzheimer’s, those who have lost someone to the disease, caregivers, and those who just want to support research into treatment and a cure. Before the walk, the flowers were planted in a Promise Garden.
The walk wound its way through the streets of downtown Portsmouth and the walkers were frequently greeted with honks and waves from other people around town. I certainly got my exercise for the day. To try to get photos of as many of the walkers as possible, I would run out ahead and then take photos as they passed. Then I’d run forward again and let people pass – for the whole three miles of the walk. During all the walking and running, I was carrying my camera with a big lens and my photo backpack. I made up for the all the work by getting a big ice cream on the way home.
I enjoy offering my photography services in support of worthy causes. In a month, I’ll be doing the same type of photography for the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in Concord, NH.
You can view more photos of the event in this gallery where participants can download full-resolution images of themselves, family, or friends for free.