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Range Area Walk to End Alzheimer's

Updated: September 16, 2019 10:42 PM

Christine Nelson lost her mom to Alzheimer's nearly three years ago. But she's letting the loss lead to something good. Two years ago, she organized a walk to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

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"I was taught early in life, that we are here to help people and make a change," she told us. "It wasn't just for my mom, she had passed. It's because so many people are dealing with this. People I've met along the way, have certainly warmed my heart, and it keeps me going."

And now, it's grown so much that it's a sanctioned event through the Alzheimer's Association. Almost 30 teams have already signed up for the Range Area Walk to End Alzheimer's.

"It's great seeing the outpouring of support on the Range. Money raised will help people in the Northland. Services include a 24/7 helpline, care consultations, and caregive support groups," Brenda Conley told us. She's the Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer's Association office based in Duluth.

The walk provides comfort during what can be an isolating, dark time. "When you're in a room full of people experiencing the same type of things, you connect with them. That too, is part of the healing process," Nelson added.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21st. Registation is at 8:30am at Valentini's. There will be a short ceremony at 10am, and then the walk will go around Longyear Lake.

You can still sign up and donate: https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2019/MN-Minnesota-NorthDakota?fr_id=12652&pg=entry

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