August 31, 2009
Care Wisconsin laces up for Alzheimer's Association Memory Walks.
When Care Wisconsin started out as the area's first adult day center in 1976, the need became clear for help, research, support and respite for those affected by Alzheimer's disease, including their families and caregivers.
Thirty-three years later, our organization now serves the health and long-term care needs of more than 4,000 frail seniors and adults with disabilities in 10 counties. But Alzheimer's disease is still at the forefront for our organization and its employees.
According the Alzheimer's Association, every 70 seconds someone develops this fatal, progressive disease which has become the country's seventh-leading cause of death. The association's Memory Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease.
Many of us at Care Wisconsin are affected in our jobs—and in our personal lives—by caring for someone with Alzheimer's or by supporting someone who does. Last year, Care Wisconsin fielded teams for Memory Walks in Portage and Madison, with employees donating more than $1,800.
This year, as the organization fields teams at six of the state's 42 Memory Walks in September and October, Care Wisconsin hopes to push the bar even higher. As a sponsor for the 2 to 3 mile walks in Berlin, Portage, Baraboo, Fond du Lac, Madison and Milwaukee, the organization hopes to improve upon last year's fundraising efforts.
Those employees who can't participate in one of the walks are welcome to sponsor a co-worker or to participate in fun activities and fundraisers in each of our 14 local offices to help contribute to this important cause.
Stay tuned for more coverage of our participation in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walks. For more information, to contribute to one of our teams or sign up to participate, click here.