Walk to End Alzeimer's Kicks Off Saturday with Virtual, Drive-Through Events

Walk to End Alzeimer's Kicks Off Saturday with Virtual, Drive-Through Events Click to Enlarge Photo: St. Cloud Walk to End Alzheimer's/Facebook

(KNSI) — The Walk to End Alzheimer's is set for Saturday morning, but the annual fundraiser will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will tune in to a virtual opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the walk, which can be done individually or in teams. People can walk wherever they feel comfortable, Alzheimer's Association's Jenny Theis said to KNSI's Bob Hughes Monday morning.

"We have teams that are going to walk at their work," Theis said. "They can walk with friends and family. If, heaven forbid, it would rain, they can even walk on their treadmills."

A drive-through promise garden will also be displayed at the St. Cloud Area YMCA from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Participants can drive by and see a visual display of all the people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers and those that have [been] lost," Theis said.

The walk, organized by the Alzheimer's Association, raises funds for Alzheimer's research and services that support people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

"That's why we really heavily rely on these walks and our generous donors throughout the state and throughout the nation," Alzheimer's Association's Jenna Pogorels said to Hughes.

In Minnesota, 99,000 people live with Alzheimer's disease, Pogorels said.

Registration for Saturday's event is open at alz.org/walk. An online celebration party is set for noon on October 6th.

"We'd love to see lots and lots of people around central Minnesota wearing purple and out walking on Saturday," Theis said.

Donations to the Alzheimer's Association can also be made online.