Why I Walk…Katie’s Story

“I have lost my uncle, my grandfather and my mother-in-law to the disease,” says Katie Thomson. “At some point, Alzheimers will touch everyone in some way or another. We all have a stake in eradicating it.”

Katie participated in the Fox Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 18 to move us closer towards a future without Alzheimer’s disease. She has participated in the event for 5 years. Katie currently sits on the Team Retention committee for the Fox Valley Walk to bring more volunteers into the fight to end the disease. 

The Alzheimer’s Association is moving forward with plans to host all Walk events in person with the health and safety of participants, volunteers and staff remaining the top priorities. We are implementing safety protocols at all events including physical distancing, contactless registration and hand sanitizing stations. A Walk From Home option is also available, including  a virtual reality experience, for those who prefer to walk in their own neighborhoods. 

Katie wants to remind anyone who hasn’t experienced Alzheimer’s or dementia firsthand that “the toll it takes on the patient, caregivers, and  loved ones is devastating in ways hard to conceptualize.”

Yet for Katie, Walk represents a future where no family has to face the disease. 

“It’s the journey toward the end of this disease…We need all the help we can get!”

Join Katie for Walk to End Alzheimer’s by registering at alz.org/walk, or download the Walk Mobile App to start planning your Walk From Home experience.

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