Despite the heat, more than 288 residents from Winona and the surrounding area joined the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Participants raised more than $49,673 to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs. Participants enjoyed free food and beverages and were entertained by Leighton Broadcasting, the walk's official media sponsor.
Debbie Eddy, the regional director for the Alzheimers Association says the goal was for $48,000. She says the Winona community has really stepped up to help families with Alzheimer's and to help fund needed research" to end Alzheimer's Disease.
In Minnesota alone, there are more than 91,000 people living with the disease and 279,000 caregivers. In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.
Donations can still be made to the Winona Walk to End Alzheimer's at alz.org/walk, or to the Alzheimer's Rochester office at 3224 6th Ave. NE Rochester, MN, 55906