We all have a reason to end Alzheimer’s

Everyone has a reason to end Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you suffer from Alzheimer’s, are a caregiver, have a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or just support the cause, we are fighting for the end of Alzheimer’s disease together.

We wanted to know what motivates you to fight this disease, so we asked over 200 Walk participants  in Central Illinois to tell us why they Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Check out the pictures below and know that you are not alone in this journey; we are in it together.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Want to share more about your story and why you Walk to End Alzheimer’s? Contact our Communications Associate, Liz Gunty, at lgunty@alz.org

Check out our Facebook to see additional pictures from each Walk.

Peoria:

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Pekin:

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Macomb:

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Dixon:

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Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Sunday, October 4 marked our 8th and final Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Central Illinois. Over 800 people gathered at Liberty Park in downtown Peoria for an afternoon committed to fighting Alzheimer’s disease!

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Walkers gathered along the Illinois River for opening and closing ceremonies, lunch provided by Granite City, coffee provided by Starbucks, music from KISS FM, pictures and so much more! The crowd decked in purple had an awesome day fighting to end Alzheimer’s disease.

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We are SO excited to announce that the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised $132,044.79!!!! Fundraising is not over just yet, though! Walkers can continue to raise money through November 30, 2015. Let’s meet that $180,000 goal!!!

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A very special thank you to all sponsors, volunteers and walkers who joined us in Peoria to make this Walk a stepping stone to ending Alzheimer’s. The following team and walkers were recognized for their outstanding fundraising efforts.

Top Walkers:
Melody Hodgson
Lisa Lawrence
Michelene Koch

Top Teams:
Walking to Remember
Sigma Kappa Beta Nu
Jean’s Genes

Thank you all for your dedication to ending Alzheimer’s disease!!! Hope to see you next year!

Huge thank you to the PJ Star and WMBD for coming out and covering our event…check out the coverage here: WMBD and PJ Star

Don’t forget to tag us in your Walk pictures on Facebook for a chance to win a goodie bag filled with tons of Alzheimer’s Association branded items! New pictures will be uploaded on our Facebook this week- be sure to check them out!

Galesburg Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Last Saturday, September 26th, Knox/Warren County residents joined together as one in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Over 200 Walkers gathered at the Hawthorne Center at 9 a.m. for the Galesburg Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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Participants walked gathered for the opening ceremony in the gym and then placed their flowers in the Promise garden before beginning their two mile walk. We are excited to announce that over $28,000 was raised for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Still want to fundraise or donate? No problem! Walkers can continue to fundraise through November 30, 2015!

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A huge thank you to every sponsor, volunteer and participant who made this event possible! We could not finish the fight without you! The following teams and walkers were recognized for their outstanding fundraising efforts in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Top Walkers:
Joan Whitney $1,819
Tina Carder $1,321
Jen Trone $620

Top Teams:
Carl Sandburg College Nursing Program $5,978
Garden Court $4,395
Ending Alzheimer’s starts with me $2,169

Thank you for coming out! We hope to see you next year!