On Saturday, Sept. 15, a record number of people are expected to unite in a movement to reclaim future memories for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s being held at O’so Brewing in Plover, Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander and Chequamegon High School in Park Falls. Registration for the Walk in Rhinelander begins at 9 a.m., with the Walk ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. There is no fee to participate and all are welcome.
In addition to the Walk, participants will enjoy a silent auction, food and beverages, raffle drawings, and a special program to honor those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.
“There has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Diana Butz, Development and Marketing Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter. “By participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s the funds raised provide care and support services to those who are living with Alzheimer’s. Every person who joins us at the Walk has fun and leaves knowing that they have helped move us closer to a World without Alzheimer’s.”
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk; it is an experience for walkers from across the Wausau area who gather each year to raise critical funds for Alzheimer’s care and support services here in Wisconsin. Thousands of others lend their support through contributions and pledges. The area business community also participates through sponsorship gifts and prize donations.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. 1 in 8 Americans, age 65 and above, have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. This number will increase 30% by year 2025!
To learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, call Butz at (715) 301-6099, the 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900, or visit alz.org.