Walk to End Alzheimer's being done individually this year to avoid large gatherings

Updated: August 05, 2020 05:30 PM

The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be done differently this year to avoid large gatherings of people during COVID-19.


Instead of hosting a large gathering, participants will have the option to walk individually, with family, or small teams on sidewalks, tracks, and trails across the state.

Organizers of the walk said it's crucial now more than ever to join the fight to end Alzheimer's and donate to the cause.

"We have seen referrals for the services for the Alzheimer's Association triple since March when Covid first began and our caregivers of those living with Alzheimer's are facing unique issues like not being able to see their loved ones in senior living facilities or feeling isolated taking care of their loved ones at home," said Brenda Conley, the community engagement manager for the Alzheimer's Association in Duluth.

Walk event co-chair Liz Baczkiewicz, said she joined the effort eight years ago in honor of her mom.

"It has been a great experience being able to meet other people who have been through similar situations as I have. We lost my mom three years ago but she always taught me to be there for other people and to help others and do what I can to make a difference so I continue to do that in her name," said Baczkiewicz.

The walk in Duluth is on Sept.12 and the walk in the Iron Range area is Sept.19.

On walk day, a opening ceremony with local speakers and a presentation of promise flowers honoring the personal reasons participants join the effort will be sent online.

New features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new 'Walk Mainstage' to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association.

To register for the walk go to

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