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Walk raises spirits and funds to battle Alzheimer’s

The front drive of the Deerfield was filled with folks and flowers as participants heard from Honorary Chair John Soderberg before heading off on the three-mile walk to raise funds to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)1 / 13
(From left) Loren Stapleton joined Brooke and Hallie Johnson and a lot of other folks Saturday morning on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)2 / 13
2016 Honorary Chairman for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s John Soderberg, addressed participants ahead of the fundraising walk Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)3 / 13
The Comfort Cruisers (from the left) Janet Olson, Stacy Mortimer, Jackie Morales, Cara Duffee, and Paige DuPuis, sponsored by Comforts of Home, St. Croix Falls, prepared to hit the road for the 2016 Walk to end Alzheimer’s Saturday morning in New Richmond. The walk raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)4 / 13
Commemorative flowers added to the supportive spirit of the 2016 Walk to end Alzheimer’s Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)5 / 13
Folks of all ages, including some in strollers and pets, stretched out over several blocks during this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)6 / 13
(From the left) Marion Birkholz, Ann Dostal, Vikki Jameson, Patti Kolp, and Gerry Lokhorst walked hand-in-hand to show their support for folks and families affected by Alzheimer’s. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)7 / 13
Deerfield Housing Director Jackie Waalen addressed participants ahead of the fundraising walk Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)8 / 13
Westfield’s Hospital team Make Good Happen, (from the left) Kris Thomas, Tracy Hamlin, Jo Wrich, Marin Hansch, and Renee Sauter, brought some energy to the 2016 Walk to end Alzheimer’s Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)9 / 13
Terry Betterley accomplished the Walk to End Alzheimer’s with a little help from Sarah Soderberg and her daughter Emma. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)10 / 13
Brayden Brorson got a lift from his dad Ben at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)11 / 13
Volunteers Chelsee Stoddard and Kathleen Eggen handed out water to participants in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)12 / 13
Good friends (from the left) Gloria Green, Kim Walstad, and Jill Foster lent their legs and their support to the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday morning in New Richmond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)13 / 13

According to Deerfield Housing Director and Western Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Walk coordinator Jackie Waalen, the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which started and ended at the Deerfield in New Richmond, was a huge success. The campaign had raised $47,000 by the start of Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and raised another $22,000 at the walk. Waalen said that the final amount raised from this year’s event will continue to go up as more donations come in before the December deadline.

Waalen said that approximately 300 people came to this year’s event, which is pretty consistent with previous years.

“Since we made an emphasis on letting people know that this walk wasn’t just for people from New Richmond or even just from St. Croix County, we saw a lot more people from farther away places — like Menomonie — come to this year’s event to help support the cause,” Waalen said. “Places like Menomonie don’t have walks any more, so those people were happy to be able to still have a walk to come to.”

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