Proceeds include donations gathered by walkers, t-shirt sponsorships, and other sponsorships, said Lana Likens, Jefferson Community Health Center director of public relations and local walk coordinator.
A total of 16 walkers participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held in the Fairbury City Park.
“The goal of this walk is to end Alzheimer’s, and to provide support for families who deal with it until the time comes when we can say it isn’t a problem in our world any longer,” Likens said.
Local businesses served as walk sponsors. Major t-shirt sponsors included: AseraCare Hospice, Runza and Knobel Seeds. T-shirt sponsors who contributed $100 or more each were: Heritage Care Center; Jack C. Wesch DDS; FPM Inc.; Westin Packaged Meats/Fairbury Operation; Jerold E. Ebke DDS; First Tri-County Bank; Endicott Clay Products Inc.; Globe Rexall Drug Store; In Memory of Annetta A. Trautman Schwab, LePant & Kratz; and
Husker Rehab and Wellness – $100
Other sponsors included: First National Bank; American National Bank; Starr Buckow Insurance Agency Inc.; and Schultis and Son Inc.
In addition, many local businesses and individuals supported the 16 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. Miss Jefferson County, Mckehna Bartels, came to help kick off 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 www.alz.org. A 24-hour help line is available by calling 1-800-272-3900.