Duane Garbers Named Host Family for 2017 Mankato Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. — The Alzheimer’s Association is proud and thankful to announce that Duane Garbers, his wife Brenda and their family will be serving as the honorary family at the 2017 Mankato Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Sibley Park, 900 Park Lane, Mankato by the Red Barn and Zoo Area. Registration begins at 8:45am and the Opening Ceremony begins at 10:00am and the walk will follow the ceremony. 

Residents in Mankato and the surrounding communities are invited to start or join at team today at alz.org/walk. Walk a one- or two plus mile route beside hundreds of other people from the Mankato area whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Duane Garbers was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2012 at the age of 61.  Initially he started noticing he couldn’t remember details, words eluded him, incomplete thoughts plagued him, failing handwriting; all potential warning signs of dementia.  Duane and his wife Brenda will not let this however rob them of their positive outlook continuing to make memories for themselves and their nine little grandchildren who inspired their families walk team name, “Papa’s Team”.

Dementia comes in many types – Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body and others.  The Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support for all those affected by dementia.

On walk day, participants will be given a flower…. Flowers are beautiful things. But they become even more beautiful when they’re carried by people who are committed to ending Alzheimer’s.  At the Mankato Walk to End Alzheimer’s, over 600 people walk, carrying different-colored flowers – purple, blue, yellow and orange – each signifying their connections to the disease. And they walk so that one day, there will be a white flower for Alzheimer’s first survivor. 

There is no way to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s, or any other dementia.  The Alzheimer’s Association believes that no one should face this disease alone. Participants can learn more about ongoing services they offer such as the 24/7 hotline, care consultations, support groups, community and professional education, clinical trials and opportunities for advocacy.

About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, this inspiring event has mobilized participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. In 2017, Alzheimer’s will cost the United States $259 billion. This number is expected to rise to over $1 trillion by 2050.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.  Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.





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