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Jefferson County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Successful

FAIRBURY – Jefferson County’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held Sunday, Sept. 14, was successful, says organizer Lana Likens.

This year’s walk raised more than $4,800 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Proceeds included donations gathered by walkers, t-shirt sponsorships, and other sponsorships.

A total of 35 walkers participated in the Memory Walk, held in the Fairbury City Park.

“This is the largest number of walkers we’ve had in recent years, and the largest amount we have raised to help end Alzheimer’s Disease,” said Coordinator Lana Likens, director of public relations at Jefferson Community Health Center.

Local businesses served as walk sponsors. Contributing $750 as a major sponsor was AseraCare Hospice. Contributing $250 as a t-shirt sponsor was Diode Communications. T-shirt sponsors who contributed $100 or more each were: Heritage Care Center, Walmart #418 Fairbury, In Memory of Annetta A. Trautman, First National Bank of Fairbury, First Tri County Bank, Plymouth, Endicott Clay Products Co., Schwab and Bauer PC, Husker Rehab and Wellness, Bruce Swartz Agency, Globe Rexall Drug Store, Starr-Buckow Insurance Agency, Arlene Engels, Plymouth Electric, Jary Engels, Big Jer’s Toys, Jim Engels, Prairie View Industries, Jeff Engels, Jack C. Wesch DDS and Janet Place.

Other sponsors and raffle prize donors  included: Casey’s General Store, Pizza Hut, Shear Impressions, American National Bank, Barber Furniture, Riverside Chevrolet, Scherbarth’s Ace Hardware, Bedlan’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Sim’s Florist, Computers Plus, Ray’s AppleMarket, Lily’s Flowers and Gifts, Schultis and Son, Runza, Wheel and Deal and AseraCare Hospice.

In addition, many local businesses and individuals supported the 35 walkers as they raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk to End Alzheimer’s funds assist the Alzheimer’s Association with services and support for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as ongoing research and education.

Area media also helped by publicizing the walk.

“We appreciate the support of all of our area businesses and individuals who helped make our Walk to End Alzheimer’s successful,” Likens said. “Providing funding for Alzheimer’s research, education and assistance to families is very important.”

Anyone interested in more information on the support group which meets at Jefferson Community Health Center is encouraged to contact Lana Likens at (402) 729-6855. Those who are interested in more information on Alzheimer’s Disease should go to the Alzheimer’s Association website at