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Making Moments Matter: CGH Health Foundation to Host June 11 Memories Matter2 Walk

Friday, May 12, 2023

Contact: Joan Hermes

The lives of those impacted by dementia will be celebrated Sunday, June 11, at the second annual Memories Matter2 Walk at Westwood Fitness & Sports Center outdoor trail, rain or shine.

This event is hosted by the CGH Health Foundation as part of a multi-year effort to raise awareness of dementia and the devastating affect it has on area families. Sendoff ceremony is at 1 p.m., with registration at 12:30 p.m. in Building #3.

The Dementia Project initiative was inspired by a bequest from the late Hugh and Betty Miller, Rock Falls. Mrs. Miller battled dementia for 11 years before her passing in August 2020. The walk is in memory of the Millers.

Participants can choose between a ½-mile trail, 1-mile trail or do both. Entry fee is $20 before June 1 and $25 after June 1. Children ages 12 and under are FREE. Register and pay at Walkers will receive a t-shirt, butterfly garden stake, swag bag and water/snacks. There will be activities for children prior to the walk. Register ahead of the walk and pick up your shirt at 2600 N. Locust St., Sterling.

The Dementia Project is again the major focus of the 2023 Foundation Annual Appeal campaign. Funds will support dementia education efforts, provide resources/assistance and finance the Dementia Navigator position created in March.

The Foundation has already partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association in establishing seven area dementia support groups. Other accomplishments include: a Dementia Navigator has been hired; 3 events held; 16 programs offered; 6 presentations given; 5 area nursing homes provided sensory therapy items, and 25 families counseled/provided services.

More than 6.5 million Americans are living with dementia and the number is projected to reach nearly 13 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases.

For more information, contact Joan Hermes at 815/625-0400, ext. 5672, or Sherry DeWalt, 815/625-0400, ext. 5672,