Walk raises spirits and funds to battle Alzheimer’s


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.”