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Green Co. Alzheimer's Walk raises more than $22,000
Pictured is family chair Jodi Kegebein, who spoke at the Green County Alzheimers Walk event. Kegebein is a Monroe resident and a caregiver to her mother, who has Alzheimers and dementia. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - A dedicated group of 131 friends and neighbors walked in the 16th annual Green County Alzheimer's Walk Sept. 9 in Monroe, raising more than $22,000 to support local programs and services available through the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

The award for corporate/organizational team raising the most money was awarded to Pleasant View Nursing Home for raising $2,973. Monroe Manor raised the second most of all corporate teams at $2,295 and had the largest team with 37 walkers. Alleda's Crew, walking in memory of Alleda Gerber, was the family team raising the most money, at $1,195. The two individuals who raised the most money were Larry Coffey and Donna Hamilton. In total, 131 walkers from 17 different teams raised $22,315, a number that will continue to increase as further profits are totaled.

Donations to the Green County Alzheimer's Walk can be made online at through October.

Speakers at this year's event included Dr. Joshua Morrison, a neurologist at Monroe Clinic Memory Center and the medical chair of the Alzheimer's Walk, and Monroe resident Jodi Kegebein, the family chair of the walk. Kegebein is a caregiver to her mother, who is living with Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Kegebein shared her experiences dealing with the grief following her mother's diagnosis. After first feeling denial and shock about the effects of Alzheimer's, Kegebein said she has come to a place of acceptance, where she knows she can't change or fix her mom, but can help her to feel safe and happy.

Sponsors of this year's walk include Colony Brands, Mimi's Team, Azura Memory Care, Babler Associates and First National Bank and Trust Company.

All money raised stay in Wisconsin to help local families. Last year, ADAW provided close to 25,000 points of service, including 369 education programs, 164 support group meetings, 581 care consultations and responded to 10,800 helpline calls. ADAW began offering a new program early this month in partnership with the Monroe Clinic. Crossing Bridges is an educational discussion group for people with mild memory impairment and their family members.