Mini Golfing for Memories

Students use Badger Bash to raise awareness about Alzheimer ’s disease

Medical Assistant students at Globe University-Appleton raised funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association as an applied learning project. Students raised money by selling passes for unlimited attractions during a night of fun at Badger Sports Park in Appleton.

Student Kelsey Burkland and five other students spearheaded the advocacy efforts. “It made me feel good,” Burkland said. “We worked together to make sure everything ran smoothly, all while helping a good cause.”

Prior to the event, students made fact sheets about various Alzheimer’s disease characteristics. They announced these facts throughout the night over the PA system to help the guests learn more about the disease while they took turns on attractions like mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag, mini-bowling and batting cages. Attendees also had the opportunity to answer Alzheimer’s disease-related trivia for a chance at prizes.

Globe University instructor Lori Kleinschmidt said she learned more about the disease by helping the students. “Children and adults of various ages attended this event and we were able to spread awareness to them,” Kleinschmidt said. “There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, so hopefully the money raised can help fund research or continue to create awareness of a devastating disease.”

The students also collected items proven to help memory function to put in care packages that will be distributed to the Fox Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Neenah, Wis.