In the 608: How you can help a local family working to end Alzheimer’s

STOUGHTON, Wis. – There’s a local family working hard to end a debilitating disease.

Ed Walther was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about eight years ago right around the time for retirement. His wife Judy is now his fulltime caregiver.

After seeing the toll it took on the couple and the family, their kids and some close friends started “Team Wolfgang for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association.

In the last five to six years, they have been one of the tops teams for the Dane County walk raising over $50,000 for the association.

“It always helps when you have that support behind you,” said Cheryl Bartels, Ed’s daughter. “It just gives us that motivation and more reason to go out and do our best to raise those funds.”

On Sunday, July 27th, the family is holding a fundraiser that’s open to the public. They’ll be hosting a cash raffle drawing at Nordic Ridge Park & Splash Pad in Stoughton from to 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also have many donated items that they will be raffling off as well.

This is just one event out of the year they partake in. They do a fall mum sale, which is actually their biggest fundraiser. They’re also hosting three 50-50 cash raffle drawings at the Madison Speedway. Click here to follow along in their efforts.

All their proceeds go straight to the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Wisconsin.

The number of people living with the disease doubles every five years beyond age 65, and the CDC projects it to nearly triple to fourteen million people by 2060.