Kathy Katz – Why I Walk

Kathy Katz and Tim Oshie have known each other for 29 years. Kathy met Tim through her late husband. “We actually met at my wedding,“ Kathy says. “Tim and my husband were really good friends in high school. Back in the day, Tim was a disc jockey and he deejayed our wedding for us. That was the first time that I met him.” Kathy and … Continue reading Kathy Katz – Why I Walk

The Holtzen Family – Why We Walk

From the time she was young, Carolyn Holtzen has known the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, starting with her grandmother. “Most of my childhood memories are of her with the disease,” Carolyn says. “And she lived for quite a long time with it, into her 90s.” Later in life, Carolyn started to notice her mother, Sara, showing signs of memory loss. Carolyn’s father, Paul, chose not … Continue reading The Holtzen Family – Why We Walk

Join the 2018 Walk Match Challenge

Walk to End Alzheimer’s season is almost here! Thanks to a generous donor family, you have a rare opportunity to double your impact! From August 11th to the 25th, Walk donations of $100 or more will be matched 1:1, up to a maximum of $50,000! By joining the match challenge, you ensure we’re able to provide programs and services to the thousands impacted by Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Join the 2018 Walk Match Challenge

Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Alzheimer’s disease impacts others besides those who’ve been diagnosed. Valerie Halvorson can attest to that. Valerie’s father was living in Pampa, Texas when he was diagnosed. At the time, Valerie was a teacher in Olympia. “I was 2,000 miles away,” Valerie says. “And though they would visit often, it was hard for me to tell really what was going on, and my mom didn’t want … Continue reading Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Cherished Memories

By Laureen Skirvan “The long goodbye” is a term used when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. The goodbye begins when they start to fade away and lose their memory and ends when their body succumbs to the disease and they pass away. I am currently in the middle of this long goodbye with my mother, Rosalie. She was diagnosed last year with Alzheimer’s, but I … Continue reading Cherished Memories