The never-ending love between a mother and daughter turned into a legacy of hope that will visit Black River Falls on September 17.

Mary Gerdes’ mother Caroline Kersting, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s on June 8, 2020. “My hope is that a cure is found so no one ever has to watch a loved one die twice.” Gerdes stated in a letter to her hometown.

Mary’s advocacy efforts to end Alzheimer’s has now brought the Walk to End Alzheimer’s home to Black River Falls.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

The Black River Falls Walk to End Alzheimer’s will become one of 27 Walks in Wisconsin that, in 2022, hosted over 10,000 walkers who raised over $2.6 Million in the fight to #ENDALZ.

Along with Mary, The Alzheimer’s Walk Manager CJ Werley, The Executive Director of the Black River Chamber of Commerce Amanda Gunn and several local community members will be working closely together to plan the September Walk. “We hope that you join us at the Veteran’s Park on Sunday, September 17. With your strong support, we will make a difference in supporting local families living with this disease, and accelerating research toward treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.”

Throughout the year, there will be several opportunities to assist in supporting efforts to End Alzehimers. You can donate directly here, form a team, volunteer here, join the September 17th walk or attend the Caroline Kersting Golf Outing held at Skyline Golf Course the 2nd Saturday in June.

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