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Alzheimer's walk in Alexandria raises nearly $42,000

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Some of the 260 participants of the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's at Carlos Creek Winery on Sept. 4. The event raised nearly $42,000.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press
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Alexandria — The Sept. 4 Alexandria area Walk to End Alzheimer’s drew about 260 participants from 31 teams who raised nearly $42,000, organizers said.

The money will help fund the Alzheimer’s Association’s support groups, 24/7 Helpline, educational community classes, research efforts around the world, and advocacy for Alzheimer’s legislation on a state and federal level.

Jenny Theis, senior community engagement manager, credited the lakes area for its generosity.

The top fundraising team was Because Mary’s Memories Matter, raising nearly $4,040. The team walked in honor of beloved mother, wife, and grandmother Mary Waldorf, who passed away in June 2022 after a 10-year battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Mary’s daughter Stephanie Aasness served as a co-chair of the planning committee for the walk and also walked with the team.

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease—a leading cause of death in the United States. In Minnesota, more than 171,000 family members and friends provide care to 99,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, organizers said.

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The team's goal is $55,000, and it will continue to accept donations for the walk until Dec. 1 at http://act.alz.org/alexandria .

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