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Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held this Saturday at Sertoma Park

Check-in is at 9 a.m., and the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. with the walk to follow.

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Participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s during a previous Walk to End Alzheimer's held in Grand Forks. The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter has held the walk in Grand Forks for 15 years.
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GRAND FORKS – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Greater Grand Forks residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in its Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 17, located at Sertoma Park.

Check-in is at 9 a.m., and the opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. with the walk to follow. Registration for the walk is free, and participants are encouraged to register early and fundraise to help the Alzheimer’s Association reach its goal of $90,000. So far $60,596 has been raised.

Contributions raised at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will fund the Association’s care and support programs for families in the Greater Grand Forks area, advocacy efforts and advance research around the globe.

Local resident Shanna Field's husband John will be the honorary family member speaking at the walk. They have been involved with the event for a decade.

“I enjoy the walk as it helps to know you are surrounded by people that understand and want to help find a cure for the disease,” Field said. “I love to hear the personal stories as each one is unique and so touching. With Alzheimer’s disease, you lose your loved one before you truly lose them. Having a support system through the Alzheimer’s Association helps hold your hand as a caregiver through a very difficult journey.”

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John’s father father passed away after battling Alzheimer’s as well as his aunt and grandmother. Shanna and John are walking to honor them with their team called “Fields of Dreams.”

According to a press release from the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, more than 6 million Americans 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 dementia. They are supported by 19,000 unpaid caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research; driving risk reduction and early detection; and maximizing quality care and support. The local chapter office is located in Edina, Minnesota

The Alzheimer’s Association 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 mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Grand Forks walk is supported by a volunteer committee that includes members Beth Bjerke, Megan Rupe, Shannon Holte, Lisa Krigbaum, Leigh Baumbaugh, Cathy Richard and Alyssa Schauer. National presenting sponsors for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are Edward Jones and CVS Health.

People can register for the walk at https://act.alz.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app20058a?fr_id=15664&pg=entry&NONCE_TOKEN=A7FB3F554B10A547649AB6CC9758AC66

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Grand Forks resident Jaime Verzosa started the event with the vision of getting the community together to give back

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Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 719-235-8640 or MArbegast@gfherald.com.

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