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I thought about doing yesterday's Walk to End Alzheimer's when I heard it was free, donations accepted. If nothing else it would probably raise my awareness of the disease plus be a great two mile walk under clear skies. Because there was no WPR booth at Waukesha's Art Fest this year for me to volunteer at I registered for the walk just a few minutes after it's start. Since I had the bike with me I was able to catch up to the crowd of walkers at the Rotary Building.
What started out as a rather cool morning soon became one of the nicest days for a walk around the river. I'd guess most people walking knew or had known someone with Alzheimer's. I've had elderly friends with it, but fortunately no close relatives.
I'd like to know who the marketing genius was who mapped our course to cross Barstow Street! We squeezed between the river and the Farmer's Market, crossing the Fox at Love Bridge before heading back to the west side of the Riverwalk. I'd like to congratulate them for this little detour. I was able to make a quick stop for a cranberry scone from Back to Bread Bakery without losing my place in the walk. I wasn't the only one with the idea... while waiting to cross back over Barstow a gentleman was sharing yellow cherry tomatoes he'd picked up. Why not direct us right down the center of the Farmer's Market next year instead of at the back side of it? Or, better yet, why not then direct all the Memory walkers right down the center of Main Street for the Art Fest too?
Many helpful volunteers were found throughout the walk, which was good because even elderly people using walkers were attempting the 2 mile trek. Four On The Floor, Waukesha DA Brad Schimel's band, kept walkers entertained while they munched fresh homemade cookies at walk's end, cookies made by elderly folk and their caregivers at local assisted living facilities.Young girls from a local dance school cheered walkers at the finish line, a welcome sight.
It was a good morning in downtown Waukesha. The weather, the food, very creative and some very beautiful artwork, people, exercise, the volunteers, great music, fund-raising for a good cause...