Edina Waters hosted the walk as an alternative to the Twin Cities event due to accessibility issues.
EDINA, Minn. – The waters of Edina hosted their own “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” fundraising event at Countryside Park in Edina on Tuesday afternoon.
“Organizing our own community walk is a great way to [residents] to participate in the worthy cause of the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Judy Mathis, active living manager at Waters of Edina.
The community has held similar walks in the past, but Mathis says this is their biggest event yet because nearby school children from Countryside Elementary also participated.
“It’s kind of special to have the intergenerational piece,” Mathis said.
Although the Twin Cities have their annual walk in downtown Minneapolis, Mathis said it’s not accessible to everyone who wants to participate.
“In the past, we’ve taken residents to Target Field for the walk, but logistically it’s a little difficult. Not everyone is able to walk the whole walk,” Mathis said. “Having him at the Waters was the perfect solution to being able to get everyone involved where they normally wouldn’t have been.”
Including Waters of Edina resident Carolyn Schroeder, who says the walk is personal.
“If you live as long as most of us who live here, you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s just the saddest thing in the world to have someone dynamic and extremely intelligent who is starting to go astray…it’s tragic,” Schroeder said. .
Each participant received a flower and a purple necklace as they walked the quarter-mile walk in support of Alzheimer’s research and the American Alzheimer’s Association.
On his websitethe association claims that purple represents “the combination of the calm stability of blue and the passionate energy of red makes a statement about the members and supporters of the Association”.
“Les Eaux d’Edina is a very engaged social community. It’s a philanthropic community and they like to support causes that are dear to them,” said Mathis.
The annual Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Sept. 17 at Target Field.
The event has already raised over $800,000 of its $1.4 million goal. All proceeds will go to the “Care, Support and Research Efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association”.
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