Sunday's forecast is calling for sunshine and temps in the middle 70s, it looks like a great day to head out for a walk. Why not put that walk to good use and participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's across Owatonna? According to a press release from Walk to End Alzheimer's: "The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Owatonna residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End

Alzheimer’s on Sunday, September 13, 2020."

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This year's event will be a little different as instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks, and trails across the Owatonna area.

“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Sue Spalding, CEO Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”

On Sunday, there will be an Opening Ceremony which "will include Matt Stanislav from Edward Jones and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants' smartphones, tablets, and computer. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at Central Park to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s." according to the press release.

Participants can use the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to "track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease."

“Alzheimer’s is not stopping and neither are we,” said Jennifer O’Donnell, Alzheimer’s Association Walk Manager. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will go on, and we are working to ensure all of our volunteers and participants involved will remain healthy and safe. We have an amazing community dedicated to our cause and are confident this will be an incredible event.”

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, head here. 

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