MARQUETTE — One organization is hosting an event next weekend to raise funds, and awareness, for an important cause.

Next Saturday, September 14th, the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place in Marquette. The walk is hosted by the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The organization provides programs and services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises funds to support research to find a cure for the disease.

“This is our largest fundraiser,” said Jake Bilodeau, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter. “So this is an opportunity to get hundreds of people from the Marquette community and surrounding communities together to fight for a cure that we’re hopefully going to find in the near future.”

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin at the Jacobetti Complex at Northern Michigan University. The walk has been growing steadily every year, giving families and friends of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease an opportunity to come together.

“We’ve seen some pretty good growth with the walk,” said Bilodeau. “We find that there are a lot of people that have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and so they want to get together with other community members and family members and walk together as advocates and supporters for our cause. And it’s everyone. It’s family members, it’s people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, community members that just support the fight against Alzheimer’s, and of course caregivers as well.”

If you would like to sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s or contribute to the fundraiser, you can find more information here: