(Press Release) Dozens of businesses and hundreds of walkers in the Stevens Point area are joining forces for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® to be held September 15. The Walk begins at O’so Brewing in Plover who has even brewed a special beer, Memory Lane, to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research and programs.
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“So many have joined together to make this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® the best yet in the Stevens Point area,” said Diana Butz, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter Development and Marketing Director. “Stevens Point and surrounding communities have really stepped up. There is a Paint the Town Purple campaign the week of September 3rd where restaurants including Grazies, Buffalo Wild Wings, Culvers, Dairy Queen and Players Lounge each donate a percent of sales from their particular day to the Walk, Players Lounge is hosting a Six on Six Volleyball tournament September 8 and members of the Portage County Tavern League are selling $1.00 Forget Me Nots to benefit the Walk. This is truly a community awareness event and the Stevens Point area is making a difference in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.”
Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is an inspiring experience that calls participants to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. It is organized by a local volunteer committee which this year includes representatives from North Haven, Whispering Pines, Sylvan Crossings, Harmony, Tanglewood Assisted Living, Oakwood, Players Lounge and Adventure 212. In addition to the walk, participants will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials and support programs and services. Walkers will also enjoy a special Promise Garden, refreshments, and the announcement of this year’s Spirit Award Winner.
“Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s,” said Butz. “Alzheimer’s disease has a dramatic impact on individuals, families and companies. The Stevens Point area is truly changing the course of this fatal disease and bringing hope to millions.”