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Mary Sprout sits surrounded by just some of her 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The Sprouts are this year's honorary family chosen to lead the Walk to End Alzheimer's going on Saturday in Colvill Park. (Photo courtesy Marcia Sprout)

Family at the heart of annual Alzheimer's walk

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The most important things in Mary Sprout's life are her faith, family and friends.

"That sums her up pretty well," daughter-in-law Marcia Sprout said. "She is very social, and loves to talk, visit and travel."


A few years ago, family and friends started to notice something different about Mary Sprout, who had been living alone in Lake City since the death of her husband, Leland Sprout, in 1998.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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