Building on their momentum after raising over $13,000 during their third annual Twin Cities walk, Stop Alzheimer’s Now hit the ground running in Kansas City, Missouri, after walking 50 miles over a three-day span earlier this month. Led by founder Shaun McDuffee, the event saw nine walkers—including North Star CEO Ed Deutschlander and Dr. Russell Swerdlow of the KU Alzheimer’s Research Center—and raised just under $20,000 between the walk efforts, social media, and an event for KC Walk Efforts, which also occurred that weekend.
Along their walk routes, the team honored those battling the disease, exhausted caregivers, loved ones in need of strength, and of course, Stop Alzheimer’s Now founder Shaun McDuffee—who saw both of his grandmothers succumb to the illness, along with both his parents, who passed away in 2016 roughly a month apart from each other.
The group’s journey started on Wednesday, October 3 at the Indian Creek Trail in Hampton Park, and ended on day one in Foxhill South Park. On Thursday, October 4, the group covered more ground, trekking from the KU Clinical Research Center to Minor Park. On the third day, the team walked from Bush Creek Parkway to Marlborough Park.
The third annual Stop Alzheimer’s Now Walk & Fundraising event in the Twin Cities shattered its initial $5,000 fundraising goal, making it a tremendous success for all those who participated and were involved in its organization. Led by North Star Senior Vice President Shaun McDuffee, the walk raised $13,620 (after initial donations were matched by the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation).
The walk occurred on Saturday, July 21, and had over 30 walkers participate, which began at Kelley Park in Apple Valley, Minnesota. The walk was followed by a reception at Panino Brothers (also in Apple Valley), where a fundraising event titled “Ales for Awareness” occurred that featured food and drink specials, raffle prizes, and a silent auction.