Grand Forks, ND – On September 15, 2018 the Alzheimer’s chapter in Grand Forks, ND put on their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. About 320 people registered to walk this year, raising more than $93,000.00!!! This was the biggest turnout to date and the most money that has ever been raised at this event. Eleven RRT volunteers from Neche and Pembina traveled to Grand Forks to help out with the event. The volunteers assisted with marking the trail, setting up the stage, putting up signs, and handing out refreshments at the rest stop part way on the trail.
The day was a beautiful sunny fall day with temps in the 70’s, perfect for a walk in the park! Everyone started the day by registering in the main tent where they received a t-shirt and a colored flower representing the person they were walking for. There were 4 different colors of flowers each having a different meaning.
- A blue flower depicted that they were suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease.
- A purple flower depicted that someone they knew had died from the disease.
- A yellow flower depicted that they were caring for a person that was suffering from the disease.
- An orange flower meant that they were walking to support the cause.
After the walk started, all the flowers got ‘planted’ in a promise garden.
Before the walk started, everyone gathered at the stage where the organizer of the event gave a speech and recognized all the sponsors and the participants who had raised the most money.
At 10:30 everyone moved over to the starting point to begin the countdown to the main event – The Walk to End Alzheimer’s!!! The walkers had a choice to either walk 1 mile or 3 miles.
The RRT volunteers had set up the famous red RRT tent at the half-way point along the walk to hand out water bottles and granola bars as well as cheer on the walkers. Two of the RRT members walked along the trail to assist the walkers if need be. There were also a couple of golf carts on hand if a participant needed a ride back to the main event grounds. It was awe inspiring to see how many people showed up to participate in this great event.
After the walk was completed, the RRT volunteers helped clean up the trail. The coordinators of the event were grateful and thanked the RRT for their assistance. RRT was honored to be able to help volunteer and serve for such a worthwhile cause that affects so many people around the world.