As the final numbers are being counted, this year's Walk To End Alzheimer's in Rhinelander was a large success.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Based in Rhinelander, Alzheimer's Association Outreach Specialist Julie St. Pierre says the walk last month proved to be what they wanted...
"...we had our walk here in Rhinelander on Saturday, Sept. 23. We had over 368 walkers this year and 44 teams register so we had a big event this year, the house was packed. We raised about $68,000, which was up from the previous year. We're pretty optimistic about the walk and after the numbers are crunched it looks very positive...."
St.Pierre says the funds raised are mainly used to support programs and services in the Northwoods...
"....the funds raised are used to support the programs and services that the Alzheimer's Association provides right here in our communities in the Northwoods. A portion of the funds also go to support important research because ultimately we would like to have better ways to treat Alzheimer's disease or possibly a cure for that. While some of the funds do go to research the dollars ultimately do support the work we do here in the community...."
There's a free nationwide 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 offering information and referrals, or you can contact Julie St. Pierre for more information locally at 715-362-7779..