Fifteen years of Amblin' for Alzheimer's
Anchorage fundraiser supports statewide services
April 1, 2019
Local non-profit Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska holds an annual walk in Anchorage every spring. This will be a special year though as they reach the 15 year milestone. The walk has taken various paths over the last decade, literally, with the first walk beginning at the Sourdough Mining Company and meandering along the Campbell Creek Trail, University of Alaska at UAA, Kincaid Park, and for the last several years, the walk has opted for the beauty of the Anchorage Golf Course.
This year’s walk will be held Saturday, May 4.
Walkers are greeted in the morning with snacks and excitement. Once everyone is checked in, the non-competitive walk begins with participants choosing their own pace while a golf cart treks the path offering a lift to those who would prefer a rolling finish. Following the walk there is celebration with snacks and beverages. Not to mention the prizes, ranging from round-trip airfare on Alaska Airlines for the top fundraiser, to restaurant and department store gift cards for those lucky door prize winners.
Although the walk is a fun way to enjoy the spring, it also serves an important purpose for the non-profit. Funds raised by walkers and local business sponsorships help support programs and services in ways that other funding sources can’t. Every department at Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska benefits from the walk including Education, which provides information and referrals, classes and trainings, memory screenings, support groups and more; and Care Coordination which creates individualized care plans, service coordination and ongoing monitoring. Both programs care for Alaskans in over 100 communities statewide.
The walk may only be a couple miles long, but the impact the walkers make spans the state.
If you are interested in participating in Amblin’ for Alzheimer’s or sponsoring a walker please visit http://www.AlzAlaska.org or call 907-561-3313.