Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises $26,000

By Dave Gong

Poor weather conditions did not deter over 250 fundraisers from walking through Hopkins Park Sunday morning to raise $26,000 for Alzheimer’s research.

Kelly Schultz, special events manager for Walk to End Alzheimers, said everything went as planned despite the rain. The three-mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held from 10 a.m. to noon.

According to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website, the walk is put on each fall by the Alzheimer’s Association, which is the “leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research”.

Barbara Baie, of Womack Photography Ltd, 205 N. Second St., said Sunday was the first time DeKalb has hosted a Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

According to the website, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place in over 600 communities across the country.

The walk was sponsored by area businesses including Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, Bethany Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, 3298 Resource Parkway, and Resource Bank, 555 Bethany Road, as well as Lincolnshire Place, 710 Villagio Drive in Sycamore, and Heritage Manor, 355 Raymond St. in Elgin.

Buffalo Wild Wings, 2466 Sycamore Road, held a promotion Sunday in which a percentage of the revenue made was donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Ten percent of what you bring in, we give back,” said Jen Kennedy, assistant general manager. “We do this for lots of people.”

Schultz said even though this year’s walk has ended, people may still donate by going to www.alz.org/illinois and clicking the “Walk” link.