Alzheimer Walk Sept. 9 in Sheboygan

Hundreds of individuals, families, and members of the corporate and small business community will join together on Saturday, September 9 at Evergreen Park in Sheboygan for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. Olympic speed skating Gold Medalist and Alzheimer’s Champion, Bonnie Blair, will make a special appearance at the Sheboygan County Walk this year! Walkers will also enjoy a scenic walk through beautiful Evergreen Park, plus all the pre and post- Walk festivities including a complimentary lunch, entertainment, team photos, a Caregiver Sanctuary tent with resources and respite for hardworking caregivers, and the Purple Clubhouse activity area featuring family activities, temporary tattoos and a silly Purple selfie station. The Opening Ceremony will include a special Promise Garden tribute to all those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s.

Walk festivities open at 8:30 a.m. with music by RB Productions leading up to the walk. Zumba instructor, Amanda Salazar will lead the warm ups. The Kohler Drum Line will lead off the Walk, and the North High Cheer Team will congratulate walks as they return. A Silent Auction will be offered throughout the morning. After the walk, enjoy weiners, cookies, apple cider, and an assortment of other treats. Food and refreshments are compliments of Old Wisconsin, Sargento, Watson Vending & Food Service, West Side Bakery, Festival Foods, Ada Orchard, Gibbsville Orchard, Tietz’s Piggly Wiggly, Sunny Ridge Nursing Home and Countryside Manor.

The Sheboygan County Walk is chaired by Lisa Hurley, Caregiver Coordinator with the Sheboygan County Aging & Disability Resouce Center; Erica Gollhardt, Director of Business Development with Sheboygan Health Services; and Jen Balge, Education Specialist and SPARK! Coordinator with John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The Walk is also supported by a committee of local community leaders.

“Everyone in the memory care community is so excited about increasing the quality of life for those living with memory loss here in Sheboygan,” said Balge. “I’m happy and grateful that I’m able to contribute to that goal in a small way through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and through the SPARK! Program”.

Co-chair Erica Gollhardt said, “From volunteers to walkers, it takes a village to support this cause. I can't tell you how elating it is to see the masses come together for awareness, support, and love for those affected and who are suffering through this disease. This event is intergenerational as well. Our volunteers are comprised of all ages,from high school students to retirees, as well as our walkers.”

Over the last eleven years, $696,790 has been raised by the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Sheboygan County to help individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their families access support and services, including the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, support groups, research, education and training.

Participants can register, support another walker and get information online at www.alz.org/walk. For questions or assistance, please call 800-272- 3900. Registration can also be done the day of the walks, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this inspiring event calls on volunteers of all ages to become Champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s.


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