Grand Forks ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ raises nearly $85,000

Funds will be used for support groups, a helpline, education activities and research efforts

Among the 250 or so people who participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in September in Grand Forks were Stephen and Dee Decimus Holmes, pictured here with their daughters, Zendaya and Ellavail.
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GRAND FORKS – The annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease” held recently in Grand Forks raised nearly $85,000, according to organizers.

The Sept. 17 event drew about 250 participants in 36 teams who walked to raise funds to support community members impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

The money raised from this year’s walk will be used to fund Alzheimer’s Association support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, educational classes for the community, research efforts around the world, and advocacy for Alzheimer’s legislation on the state and federal levels.

“It was such a special day in our community to see so many people gathering to support one another and the Alzheimer’s Association. What a great turnout we had,” said the local walk manager, Emily Bultema, in a news release. “I am also grateful to the passionate volunteers and teams who helped make this day a success.”

Amber Hahn (left) and Barb Lundby were among the participants in the annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's" event, held Sept. 17 at Sertoma Park in Grand Forks

The top fund-raising team was the “Jevning Gems,” with more than 20 team members, who raised more than $27,000. The team walked in honor of family members they have lost to Alzheimer’s and for those who are currently battling the disease. This is the tenth year their team has participated in the walk, and to date they have raised more than $165,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.


The “Field’s of Dreams” team, with more than a dozen members, raised more than $12,000. During the opening ceremony at the Sept. 17 event, John Field of Grand Forks shared his experiences caring for his father, William Field, who passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2020.

Participants gathered at Sertoma Park on Sept. 17 for the annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's" to raise funds for a support group, a helpline, and research and educational activities.

In this country, more than six million people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, a leading cause of death in the U.S. In North Dakota, more than 15,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. They are supported by 19,000 caregivers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota.

The “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans in the Walks.

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit or call 800-272-3900.

Receia Kollie was a registered nurse at Prairie St. John's hospital, a mental health and addiction treatment facility in Fargo.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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