McCOOK, Nebraska -- The farther we get into the fall season, the less predictable the weather becomes. Snow showers Saturday postponed the annual Memory Walk for Alzheimer's to this Saturday, and forced a change of location. According to the forecast, this Saturday will be cloudy, with a high near 55.
Memory walkers will gather for registration Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at the upper shelter house in Kelley Park, adjacent to the municipal swimming pool. The walk is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
According to Carrie Johnson, walk coordinator, the walking route will be the same, just with a different start and end point.
"When we postponed the walk last week, we had to cede Norris Park to another organization. The walk will be the same, just kind of reversed," Johnson said.
Still in keeping with tradition however is the community support the Memory Walk receives each year.
"The businesses have just been awesome," said Johnson, providing door prizes, cash donations and food for the walkers.
Forget-me-nots are available again for $1 in honor or in memory of someone afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
Pre-registrations are keeping pace with past years, however, "most people sign up at the walk," according to Johnson. Those raising $25 or more, receive a Memory Walk T-shirt. Online registration is available at alz.org, follow the links to McCook. Teams are welcome and according to Johnson, the team from Hillcrest has been a staunch supporter of the walk for several years.
Funds raised are used for a variety of purposes, including respite care, reimbursement of travel expenses associated with medical care, educational materials and seminars, and research to find a cure for the disease.
"We're hoping for another great turnout," said Johnson. "The camaraderie and networking is so helpful for people dealing with this disease, both caregivers and those living with the diagnosis. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way."