Walk to End Alzheimer’s returns as in-person event

Communities can start registering for the walks right now
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 9:22 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The time to register for the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is now as the Alzheimer’s Association of Nebraska is returning to in-person walks this year.

In 2020 everyone was encouraged to “walk everywhere”, whether that meant at their local parks or in the neighborhoods, and do so with their small, close-contact groups and post photos and videos on social media. This year people are still encouraged to do that if they’d like to support the walks and the association but don’t feel comfortable gathering in large groups.

Communities can register for the walks now at the Alzheimer’s Association walk page by entering their zip code to find the walk nearest to them.

“We’re just so thankful for everybody who says ‘I want to make a difference, I’m going to register and as a team and I’m going to raise $100,’ you might not think $100 is that much but it allows us to do all of the amazing things that we can for our families,” Cassie Larreau-Bailey, the Walk Manager for the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said.

The Alzheimer’s Association uses the walks to support those struggling with Alzheimer’s and those who are supporting loved ones struggling with Alzheimer’s. It’s also a chance to raise money that can go toward research and promote the resources the association has to help anyone who may need it.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the walks can visit the Nebraska chapter of the association’s website. Each walk is staffed entirely by volunteers and Larreau-Bailey says they can’t run without the help of the volunteers.

Grand Island’s walk will be Sunday, Sept. 12 at Suck’s Lake. Kearney’s will be Sunday, Sept. 19 at Harmon Park and the Hastings walk will be Sunday, Oct. 3 at Lib’s Park.

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