Walk To End Alzheimer's Is Saturday

Walk To End Alzheimer's Is Saturday Click to Enlarge Photo: St. Cloud Walk to End Alzheimer's/Facebook

(KNSI) - More than 1000 people are expected at Lake George in St. Cloud for the 14th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The walk is Saturday with registration starting at 9 a.m., and the walk gets started at 10 a.m.

Katrice Sisson with the Alzheimer's Association of MN-ND says St. Cloud's walk is the second largest in the state.

"Every year, we just keep getting bigger and bigger. Which is really exciting that more awareness is being raised, but it is also just very telling that more and more families are impacted by Alzheimer's disease and dementia."

Participants usually take about three laps around the lake.

She says they've added two new things to the walk this year.

"We have a Zen Den. We wanted to create a calm space for somebody living with a form of dementia and their care partner. Also, we're asking people to bring a photo of the reason why they walk. And we're going to put those up at the main stage, just as a reminder of all those faces and why we are gathered together."

Their goal this year is to raise $255,000. Last year, the walk exceeded its goal of $225,000.

Katrice talked about how the money is used.

"The funds go to our free education, our support groups, one on one care consultations, and funding that groundbreaking research. We also work really hard at a state and a federal level to pass legislation that protects caregivers as well as those living with a form of dementia."

When the walk is over, everyone is encouraged to head over to Bad Habit Brewery in St. Joseph for the 4th annual Rock 4 Alzheimer's.

The family-friendly event will feature The Killer Vees, Collective Unconscious, Walter's Wheelhouse, Slip Twister, and more. The music starts at 1:00.

you can register the day of the event or online by clicking, here.

The largest walk in the state is in Minneapolis at Target Field on September 28th.

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