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Alzheimer’s Walk back in-person in Grand Island

Published: Sep. 12, 2021 at 11:21 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Alzheimer’s Association hosted its annual Alzheimer’s Walk at Suck’s Lake on Sunday but this time it was in-person.

Organizers and volunteers said they were excited to for the walk to be in-person this year, especially since they had to go virtual last year due to Covid-19.

This was Joey Cadek’s first time physically volunteering at the walk. He did help out last year when it went virtual but this time he was excited to see people’s smiling faces.

“It’s very exciting that we can actually do some things in-person,” Cadek said. “I know that the pandemic’s been a lot for a lot of people. I think especially for the older population too, so it’s nice that we can still socially distance and do these things out in the community and show our support.”

Walk Manager Cassie Lerreau said this walk is to provide support for families with loved ones with the disease. It’s also to help break the stigma and make people feel comfortable about opening up about their struggles and experiences.

“When we have these large purple events where we love and celebrate all those who are living with the disease and who are caregivers,” Lerreau said. “It really helps them feel supported, brave and hopefully it empowers other people who are experiencing it to step out and say ok, “I don’t have to be scared of this. There are people who are here for me.”

Registration opened at 12:30 p.m. and the walk started around 2 p.m.

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