DUBUQUE, IA –
In the early morning of Saturday, September 10th, hundreds of members of the Dubuque community came out to participate in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
This event helps to raise both funds and awareness of the debilitating disease. Alzheimer’s effects many people around the country, but the disease is also hitting close to home.
“There are more than five million American’s impacted by the disease. So, there’s a large number of Dubuquer’s that are impacted as well.” Said Even Coordinator, Alexandra Barton.
With the disease being so common it’s no wonder so many people volunteered their time and money to help make a difference at the Walk.
The event, which was held at the Bergfeld Recreation Area outside of Dubuque, featured several different tents and activities for patrons to choose from. There was a nail painting tent, a guest speaker, a silent auction, a memorial flower station and children’s activities.
Barton also stated that she was most excited about the guest speaker for the year, Nancy Reilly. Reilly is the wife of former linebacker for the Chicago Bears, Mike Reilly who is a Dubuque native.
Mike Reilly has been dealing with Alzheimer’s for quite fifteen years and his wife is a big advocate for Alzheimer’s research.
The event raised nearly 82,000 dollars over the course of its fundraising.
However, Barton wants to remind everyone that there are still plenty of events that need donations.
For more information on how to donate, get more involved, or learn more visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website at: http://act.alz.org/site/PageServer