Promise Garden Ceremony

Participants of a Dane County Walk to End Alzheimer’s honor people affected by the disease through the Promise Garden ceremony.

The Alzheimer’s Association invites Dane County residents to participate in the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event that opens at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. The event aims to raise both awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a press release from the organization said. It is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Family members–more than 11 million–are often tasked with providing care for their loved ones living with the disease and other forms of dementia. In Dane County alone, more than 8,000 individuals age 65 and older are living with dementia.

On the day of the walk, participants honor people affected by Alzheimer’s in an opening ceremony called the Promise Garden. The different colors of the Promise Garden flowers are placed to represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s and their personal reasons for fighting to end the disease. The conclusion of the ceremony is followed by the start of the walk at 10:15 a.m.

“We’re so excited to be joining together this year as a Walk community,” Matt Lepay, voice of Wisconsin Badgers sports and honorary Co-Chair of the walk, said. “The need is stronger than ever 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 on this difficult journey, while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”

Both Lepay and Paul Braun, the former sportscaster of Badger men’s hockey, will be in attendance at the event as special guests. The acclaimed broadcasters have each had family members impacted by Alzheimer’s. They lead the “Sportscasters Against Alzheimer’s” team.

To register for and receive updates on the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit act.alz.org/Madison.

Contact reporter Alisyn Amant at aamant@wisconsinmediagroup.com.

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