An estimated 953 Door County residents are struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia today – a number that is expected to reach more than 1,500 by 2040. On Saturday, Sept. 11, friends and family members of those who are fighting or have succumbed to the disease will walk to remember them, raise awareness and raise funds to fight the disease during the Walk to End Alzhiemer’s at Graham Park in Sturgeon Bay.
On-site registration for the event opens at 8:30 am, with the walk beginning at 10 am. Participants will walk approximately two miles along the bay on Memorial Drive on an out-and-back route.
There is no fee to participate, but fundraising and donating are encouraged. Participants may walk in their own neighborhood or join the group in person at Graham Park. The Door County Walk to End Alzheimer’s aims to raise $10,500.
The public event will implement safety protocols, including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand-sanitizing stations and more. Organizers ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available at the event. Organizers will also continue to monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure that the event adheres to safety recommendations.
Those who prefer to walk from home can still engage in many walk experiences through its mobile app.