Personal notes at Walk to End Alzheimer's

Participants posted personal notes for loved ones at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sept. 16, 2018, at Holmes Lake.

More than 1,400 residents of Lincoln and surrounding areas joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease Sept. 16 at Holmes Lake. Participants raised more than $158,000 to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs.

“Lincoln-area residents continue to rally their communities to advance research funding for a cure and to help provide programs and services at no cost to families affected by the disease,” said Erinn Drouin, development director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska chapter.

Stanley Healthcare was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising nearly $14,000, and Jena Johnson was the top individual fundraiser. Johnson walked to honor her mother Jeretta, who was diagnosed at age 59 with Lewy Body dementia.

In Nebraska alone, there are more than 34,000 people living with the disease and 82,000 caregivers. In the United States, more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease.

Registration for next year’s Lincoln Walk to End Alzheimer’s will open in December 2018. Sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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