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Care Partners of Cook County hosts the first annual Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraising event in Grand Marais and Grand Portage

Sep 25, 2023 09:09AM ● By Content Editor

All photos by Haley Brickner

By Haley Brickner for Boreal Community Media - September 25, 2023

This month, Care Partners of Cook County hosted the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's,® the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Two teams represented Cook County; the Grand Marais team, which completed their walk on September 23, and the Grand Portage team, which completed their walk on September 9.

On Saturday, the 23rd, people from all over Cook County showed up to walk in memory or in honor of a loved one with Alzheimer's or another dementia, to advocate for dementia-friendly communities, and to show support in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Despite the rainy fall equinox, Team Grand Marais walked through downtown and west on the Gitchi-Gami state trail. They walked anywhere from one-half mile to three miles.

This is the first year Grand Marais has had a team in the walk, and they hope to make it an annual event. As of 9/23/23, the Grand Marais team raised 127% of their fundraising goal, and the Grand Portage team is at 66% of their goal.

Donations are still being accepted through the Grand Portage and the Grand Marais teams. You can find the team pages below:

Grand Portage team

Grand Marais team

All photos are from the Grand Marais walk which took place on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Each person selected a flower to symbolize how Alzheimer's impacts their life

The volunteer table was decorated in purple, the official color of the Alzheimer's movement

 A local woman holds up a purple flower which symbolizes that she has lost someone to Alzheimer's

The flower ceremony shows all the ways people have been impacted by Alzheimer's

 The Alzheimer's walkers make their way through Grand Marais

 The Alzheimer's walkers make their way through Grand Marais

A volunteer guides the walkers safely through town

 Volunteers cheer on the walkers and guide them safely through town

 There was only one white flower at the event. This special flower means that someday it will represent the first person to survive, or be cured of, Alzheimer's

 Team Grand Marais makes their way through town

 Volunteers stationed along the route let walkers know how far they have come