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Professional Insurance Providers to lace up sneakers for Alzheimer’s

Professional Insurance Providers of Glencoe will be lacing up their sneakers for a good cause this month. Staff and family members from the company have created a team to participate in the Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimers on Sept. 26.
The Twin Cities walk, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, is one of several in the state. Participants can chose a one-mile or three-mile route through downtown Minneapolis.
This is the first year the company is taking part in the fundraising event. Owner Terry Jones said while there are many good causes to support, he chose this one because it’s a disease that needs more attention.
“Alzheimers is growing and it affects a lot of people,” he said. “It’s a disease that needs to be researched and to try to find a cure or help for.”
Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and affects 5.3 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
In order to support the cause, Jones and his six teammates have a fundraising goal of $2,000. The team joined the event later than most, but so far is still doing well.
“As of yesterday (Sept. 1) we were 50 percent there and we’ve only been at it for three weeks,” Jones said.
To get involved, community members can join the team or make a donation to the team on its page at alz.org/run. Jones encourages donations of any kind, even general donations to the site.
“That helps us reach our goal even if it doesn’t attach to us,” he said. “It still is money that’s going to the fundraising for a cure.”
Jones said it is likely the company will continue to support this cause next year.
“We’ll start it earlier next year and have a larger goal to reach,” he said.
First Minnesota Bank is also participating in the walk.