People gathered last Saturday,
Sept. 12 for the Walk for Alzheimer’s
in Plover to raise money for research
and support those who are afflicted
with the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association
Greater Wisconsin Chapter has been
holding the Alzheimer’s walk for
more than 15 years. It was formerly
held in the Stevens Point area, but last
year O’so’s Brewing Company began
hosting the event .
To help out with the donation
process of Alzheimer’s research, O’so
Brewing Company has brewed a
special beer called Memory Lane and
is donating 5 percent of the proceeds
to support Alzheimer’s research.
This year’s participation rate hit
a record high with 32 teams and 215
Diana Butz, the coordinator of
the walk, said there are currently 5
million Americans that are diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s and there are 15
million caregivers who take care of
The walk helps to promote
awareness and help fund Alzheimer’s
research and care for those who are
afflicted with the disease.
“Until we find a cure we have
to take care of those who have
Alzheimer’s,” Butz said.
During the event, there was
a moment of silence for those
affected by Alzheimer’s disease and participants held
up flowers that held
who has Alzheimer’s
who is supporting
the cause and a vision
of a world without
who is supporting or
caring for someone
with Alzheimer’s or
dementia, and purple
someone who has lost
someone to the disease.
of the event have been
indirectly affected by
Dillion Buttera, who
was walking for the
first time in memory of
“I remember my dad going to visit my great-
grandfather and he wouldn’t always
remember who my dad was,” Buttera
Melissa Madlena, a first-year
participant of the event, was walking
for the Physical Therapy Associates
team. She was walking in memory
of her grandmother and stressesthe importance of the awareness of
“It’s just so important for everyone
to become aware of Alzheimer’s
because 5.4 million people have it,”
David Packerd was also walking
in the event for the first time in
memory of his mother-in-law.
“I like to do this for the cause.
Alzheimer’s is a bad thing to have,”
Melissa Fletcher, another
participant in the event, walked in
memory of her father who passed
away just last year from Alzheimer’s.
“I think at some point it will
affect everyone somehow,” Fletcher