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Walkers of various ages, sizes and species will be on the trail Oct. 6 for the second annual Willmar area Walk to End Alzheimer's. Tribune file photo illustration

Local family is face of Alzheimer's at second annual fundraising walk


WILLMAR -- Michelle Mattson, Susan Rodgerson and their siblings have reason to know Alzheimer's disease and related dementias better than most.

Their father, longtime Willmar physician Donald Mattson, died last year at age 81 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. They're now caring for their sister, Stephanie, 56, who has frontotemporal dementia, a rare form of dementia that strikes most often in middle age.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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