RHINELANDER - Hundreds of people will walk to help raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's care in Rhinelander on Saturday.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. Eighteen of those communities are in Wisconsin. It's the largest event held in support of Alzheimer's care.
"It's really neat to know while we're a part of something relatively small here in the Northwoods, it's actually part of a bigger movement that's happening across the nation," said Community Outreach Specialist Julie St. Pierre.
The money raised from the event held at Rhinelander High School is used to provide local services and support in the Northwoods. St. Pierre says some of the money will go towards things like caregiver classes and community awareness events
St. Pierre says awareness about the disease is important because it affects everyone.
"Alzheimer's disease is a very, very expensive disease and it can run for many, many years. Whether or not people believe they're impacted they actually are because we're all paying the healthcare cost that come from people diagnosed with the disease," said St. Pierre.
St. Pierre says their goal was to get 44 teams and they achieved that. They're also hoping to raise $83,000. St. Pierre says they're halfway to that goal.
People are welcome to register day of and the opening ceremony starts at 10 a.m.