Alzheimer’s Association hosts third annual Michigan RivALZ flag football game


The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter is hosting Michigan RivALZ, on May 19, 2018 at Forest Akers Trust Practice Complex in East Lansing. This event, which plays off the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry, is a volunteer-driven event designed to bring the passion and spirit of young community leaders together to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting our third annual MI RivALZ game,” said Liz Michalski, Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter Special Events Coordinator. “It is really inspiring to see all of these young professionals coming together to support such an important cause.”

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States with a new person being diagnosed every 65 seconds, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. Alzheimer’s impacts 180,000 Michigan residents living with the disease, as well as their 514,000 family caregivers of all ages. Many of the young professionals who support this event have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s or are currently caring for someone with the disease, inspiring them to raise funds that will provide care, support, and research.

“Nothing prepared me for Alzheimer’s, or for the day that my grandma no longer remembered me,” said Kelly Hein, RivALZ Co-Chair, Team Michigan captain, and Board Chair of the Young Professional Alzheimer’s Advocates of Washtenaw County (YPAAW). “To watch her smile fade and her laughter stop, but she remained, was a horrific pain no family should have to go through.”

Since its inception three years ago, MI RivALZ has engaged young professionals in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease to raise more than $56,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. A tailgate will take place before the event at noon, with the kickoff starting at 1pm. To learn more about MI RivALZ, visit or contact Liz Michalski at 734-369-2716 or

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit


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