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Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Sept. 24, at Forestview Middle School

Contributions raised at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will fund the Association’s care and support programs in the Brainerd area, advocacy efforts for families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and advance research around the globe.

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BAXTER — The Alzheimer’s Association invites Brainerd/Baxter residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in its Brainerd Lakes Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Forestview Middle School, 12149 Knollwood Drive in Baxter.

Check-in for the event is at 1 p.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 2 p.m. with the walk to follow. Participants are encouraged to register early and fundraise to help the Alzheimer’s Association reach its $146,000 goal. Registration is free.

Contributions raised at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will fund the Association’s care and support programs in the Brainerd area, advocacy efforts for families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and advance research around the globe. There will also be a fundraising online auction for the walk opening at noon Wednesday, Sept. 21. A link to the auction will be posted on the walk Facebook Group page .

Three generations of Anne Yezek’s family have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Her mother passed away in 2019 after a 10-year fight with Alzheimer’s. Anne became involved with the Brainerd Lakes Walk to End Alzheimer’s six years ago as a volunteer and now serves as a co-chair of the walk community engagement committee. To honor her mother’s memory and to advance the fight to end Alzheimer’s, Anne brought together a team for the walk, “Mary’s Little Lambs.”

On the day of the walk, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony, a mission-focused experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent a person’s connection to Alzheimer’s, reflecting their personal reasons to end the disease.

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Currently, more than 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease — a leading cause of death in the United States. In Minnesota alone, more than 99,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia and are supported by 171,000 unpaid caregivers.

The Brainerd Lakes Walk committee is chaired by Arlene Jones. Other committee members include Amy Misener, Lori Swanson, Kristine Hoheisel, Anne Yezek, Ken Thomas, Tess Taylor, Billie Lindgren, Kieran Moore, Sandy Hudak, Katelin Hohertz and Maggie Jones.This event is made possible with generous support from local sponsors WJJY and Northland Smiles. National presenting sponsors for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are Edward Jones and CVS Health.

The health and safety of participants is a top priority, and this event will follow state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 protocols. Register, learn more and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk at http://act.alz.org/brainerd .

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