Heartland’s first Alzheimer’s 5K nets $9,500

Staff reports
Who participated in the first Devils Lake 5K walk/run for Alzheimer’s? Families who have someone affected by Alzheimer’s like the four pictured here.

Last weekend a 5K walk was held at Ruger Park to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer's disease and to show support for a future Alzheimer's wing at Heartland Care Center.

“It was more than we could have imagined,” gushed Paula Vistad, Foundation Director of Heartland Care Center. “It was a great success.”

The final tally, she noted was more than $9,500.

In addition to Vistad, the walk was organized by Brianne Langton, Tammy Riggin and Amber Leevers. Sponsors of the event included Leevers, Ramsey National Bank, Senior Meals and Services, Citizens Community Credit Union, First State Bank of Munich and Mac's Hardware. The Liquid Bean provided the coffee.

“We had 194 registrants and over 200 people walked,” she said.

Vistad said walkers ranged in age from small children to senior citizens. Some families showed up in groups to express support for loved ones battling the disease.

Currently the closest facility to care for Alzheimer's patients is in Aneta, ND. Heartland Care is currently trying to secure the funding to construct a 16-bed Alzheimer's Care Unit, which would enable patients to remain in Devils Lake and close to their loved ones.

“Alzheimer's is going to affect everybody,” Vistad said in an earlier interview. “In some way, someone you know and love will be affected by Alzheimer's.”