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Walkers raise $10k for Alzheimer’s cause

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 10:28 a.m. CDT
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Lincolnshire Place and Transitions Hospice teamed up for the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 22. The joint team raised about $10,000.

DeKALB – Transitions Hospice teamed up with Lincolnshire Place to walk in the third annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 22 at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. The walk raises money to provide Alzheimer’s care, spread awareness and, most importantly, fund research for a cure to end Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’m walking to help reclaim the future for millions,” team leader Jessica Stadie said. “By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.”

Transitions Hospice began fundraising and teamed up with Lincolnshire Place in May. The team originally set a fundraising goal of $7,500, but after reaching that in less than four months, increased its goal to $10,000. The team raised about $10,000.

“It is such a privilege to work with Lincolnshire Place on this community project,” team co-leader Marilyn Palazzo said. “Both Lincolnshire Place and Transitions Hospice care for Alzheimer’s patients on a daily basis. We feel a connection with the Alzheimer’s Association and we are committed to help the organization raise awareness in our community.”

Team members contributed financially and donated free time to spread awareness and collect donations.

“It’s wonderful to see how our entire staff wants to take part in this great cause,” Palazzo said. “They either donated a small amount of money, their talent or their time.”

“The Alzheimer’s Association is thrilled to have the participation and commitment of The Lincolnshire Place/Transitions Hospice team for our signature event,” said Jennifer Ratkovic, manager of special events, who oversaw the DeKalb walk. “Our organization recognizes the important work their team members do in the day-to-day caring for those impacted by this disease and we know that together we can raise the much-needed funds that will help us in our mission of creating a world without Alzheimer’s.”

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