Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association holds the Walk to End Alzheimer’s walks in over 600 communities nationwide and is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year, the walks were not their typical large in-person gatherings. Instead, the walk took place “everywhere” and they encouraged participants and teams to choose any sidewalk, track or trail in their area. Conducting the walks in this fashion helped encouraged social distancing between the participants.
While the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s might have looked a little different this year, employees of Heartland Hospice serving St. Cloud, Brainerd and Surrounding Areas came together as a team and did whatever they could to support and participate.
On October 15th at Belle Prairie County Park in Little Falls, Minnesota, 22 Heartland Hospice team members participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. With fundraising being a challenge this year, the team members decided to donate some of their own money and $500 was collected to give to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“While working with Heartland Hospice, I have seen firsthand how an Alzheimer's diagnosis can affect a patient, their family and loved ones, and their lives as a whole. We do everything we can to support our patients and helping to put an end to this terrible disease is our ultimate goal. Thank you for joining us in this fight to end Alzheimer's!" said Jessica Dingman, volunteer coordinator.