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Walk to End Alzheimer's moves to new location

Walk to End Alzheimer's volunteers are pictured in front of the New Richmond High School, this year's location for the Sept. 15 event. Submitted photo

The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at a new location this year — New Richmond High School — and the Alzheimer's Association invites residents from surrounding Western Wisconsin communities to participate Saturday, Sept. 15.

The new will help accommodate the growing walk, which has been increasing in attendance each year. This year's fundraising goal is $95,000. New Richmond Community Education will be a partner with the Alzheimer's Association on the new location.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m.

Participants will complete either a one- or three-mile walk, and the funds and awareness they raise will support the Alzheimer's care and support programs, research advancement and advocacy efforts. Walks also offer the opportunity for participants to connect with others facing similar experiences and challenges.

"The money we raise for our walks allows us to provide local care and support services to ease the burden on those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. It also fuels our public policy efforts and allows us to advance critical research towards finding a cure. We are so appreciative of all of our Walkers and supporters because we truly couldn't do what we do without your help," said Laurie Schill, executive director of the Greater Wisconsin Chapter.

In addition to the walk, participants will enjoy a ceremony with stories from local families connected to the disease, music, refreshments and more.

Walks are volunteer-led, and as such, the Alzheimer's Association is also looking for volunteers to join the planning committee, which meets monthly and helps to fundraise, promote and organize the event.

Additionally, there is a Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Amery Memory Care. Participants wanting to join that walk can register by reaching out to Amber Harris at 715.268.4800 or aharris@amerymemorycare.com

Sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

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