Swimming to Alcatraz for ALZ

  On July 27, 2019,  Mill Creek local Jill Jordan swam from Alcatraz Island back to the shore in San Francisco. She swam in 59 degree water for just under 45 minutes. Her mission? To raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. This is Jill’s third open-water swim to raise money for a cause, and this year she raised $3,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association.  … Continue reading Swimming to Alcatraz for ALZ

For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk

Julie Hooley started working in memory care in 2015, and she fell in love with the people she was helping each day. After realizing how many people had a connection to Alzheimer’s disease, she continued her education to learn as much as she could about dementia. Working with people experiencing dementia opened her eyes to the world of challenges that caregivers and families go through … Continue reading For the people I serve every day: Why I Walk

Honoring my wife and lifelong partner: Why I Walk

By: Bob Reinholt My name is Bob Reinholt and I live in East Wenatchee. I am retired after spending nearly my entire working career in the fruit business in the Yakima Valley. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I met my wife George Ann while we were both attending the University of Washington in 1956. George Ann was a Tacoma girl. After we … Continue reading Honoring my wife and lifelong partner: Why I Walk

Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day

Kristen Barsky-Harlan and her wife, Sarah, had just 3.5 months to plan their wedding. It was not the original date they had chosen; but Kristen wanted her father there by her side, to walk her down the aisle and enjoy the father-daughter dance. Kristen’s dad, Tom, had younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and Kristen wanted to remember her wedding day with her father present.   This year … Continue reading Dancing for Dad: The Longest Day

Skating to End Alzheimer’s – Why We Walk

“We want to bring more attention to communities that need it most, and there is stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia that needs to be eradicated,” said K Walker, aka Sirr Gotcha. Because of this stigma, K and his team have decided to skate for Alzheimer’s awareness — roller skate, that is. On April 13, 2019, Northwest Derby Company will be collecting donations at the door … Continue reading Skating to End Alzheimer’s – Why We Walk

Unforgettable Moments- Why I Walk

As the community relations director for an assisted living community, Jennifer Angell’s job is to create unique and enjoyable experiences for the residents living there. She often combines these activities with something purposeful, like raising money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For the last few years, Jennifer has been the Team Captain for the Spiritwood Unforgettables. They usually attend the Eastside Walk to End … Continue reading Unforgettable Moments- Why I Walk

Sigma Kappas raise money in friendly competition

With the Apple Cup on the horizon, Huskies and Cougars all over the state are getting ready for some healthy rivalry as UW and WSU go head-to-head in their yearly football game. Football isn’t everything these two schools have in common, though. This year, the Sigma Kappa Mu sorority from UW and the Sigma Kappa Alpha Gamma sorority from WSU raised over $70,000 for Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Sigma Kappas raise money in friendly competition

The promise of a cure – Why I Walk

This speech was delivered on stage at the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Spokane. Warren Walker was recently diagnosed with a type of dementia related to concussions, and is a member of our early-stage memory loss support group. Good morning, my name is Warren Walker. I am 65 years old. I was diagnosed last summer and I hold a blue flower. Look around you. … Continue reading The promise of a cure – Why I Walk

Celebrating a successful Walk season

Our 16 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events for 2018 are now complete. It’s been a record-breaking year with many things to celebrate — and we’re not done yet! Six of our Walks have exceeded their fundraising goals and many are on track to meet their goals by the end of the year. Help the Walk in your community reach its goal by making a Walk … Continue reading Celebrating a successful Walk season


Mark Holtzen is a Seattle author whose mother-in-law, Sara, lives with Alzheimer’s disease. When the day came that Sara was moving into an assisted living facility, Mark’s wife, Carolyn, and her siblings were coordinating the move. While Carolyn and her siblings were packing up Sara’s belongings, Mark and Sara spent the day together in Seattle. Mark noticed how Sara was handling the weight of the … Continue reading Sara