The success rate? So far, it's close to 100%.
"I just checked my e-mail, and I had two more donations because of houses I flowered," Laura Edmondson said.
The Edmondsons have a goal of raising $5,000 for the Memory Walk, which will take place Saturday at the boardwalk near Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. That would be just a tiny part of the $850,000 the association hopes to raise through its walks this year, but President Jim McAleer said every dollar helps.
"We find that these days, there are very few people who don't know somebody who has Alzheimer's," he said. "We exist for the person with the disease and the people who love them."
According to the association, as many as 5.3 million Americans lived last year with Alzheimer's, a disease that destroys brain cells and results in memory loss and other behavioral problems. Laura Edmondson has a team of 15 people, dubbed Team Heartstrings, ready for this year's walk, but her mother, who lives at a care facility in Huntington Beach, won't be on it.
That's because large crowds are often overwhelming to people with Alzheimer's, Edmondson said.
"She couldn't even handle my whole family together anymore," she said. "She had 10 children and she can't remember half of them. She'll look at them and not know who they are."
As the day of the walk approaches, she's kept busy with the flowers, planting them at 30 homes so far. After two or three days, she retrieves them and moves them to another location. She has yet to be spotted planting the front-yard display, she said.
Cathy Villani, a friend of Edmondson whose yard got the treatment recently, said the display inspired not only her, but others on her block to contribute.
"All the neighbors donated because of that," said Villani, who will join Team Heartstrings in the walk. "I guess that was her whole point, to get donations to end this terrible disease."
If You Go
What: Alzheimer's Assn. Memory Walk
Where: Starts at boardwalk by Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
When: Registration at 8:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.
Information: http://www.alzoc.org or (949) 757-3708