Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Northwest Indiana raises more than $91,000 to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

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Published on October 05, 2021 with No Comments

Hundreds of residents participated in this year’s Northwest Indiana Walk to End Alzheimer’s – both in person in Lake County on Sunday, Sept. 12 and Porter County on Saturday, Sept. 18 and by watching an online ceremony and walking from home in their own neighborhoods. Participants raised $91,077 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association – exceeding this year’s goal of $85,000. This was the first year the event was held in Porter County. 

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors, our volunteers and each and every participant who joined us this weekend – whether in person or at home,” said Katie Rizer, manager, Northwest Indiana Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “While the in-person event looked different than in years past, we heard from so many participants that coming together again – even with social distancing and other COVID precautions in place – meant a lot to them, especially after such a challenging year.”

Fundraising will continue through the end of the year, and those who didn’t participate can still donate to the Walk at act.alz.org/nwindiana. The final 2021 Walk in the Region is set for Saturday, Oct. 9 in Michigan City. Registration is available at act.alz.org/michigancity

“No one facing dementia should go through their journey alone,” said Natalie Sutton, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter. “We are here to support Hoosiers who are living with the disease and their families at every stage, from providing education about signs and symptoms to information on late-stage caregiving. Every dollar raised helps keep those programs available and free of charge.”

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

In Indiana alone, there are more than 110,000 people living with the disease and 215,000 caregivers. Information and registration for local in-person and virtual programs is available at alz.org/Indiana/programs or the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. 

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