Those of us who plan for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s year after year were worried this year. We thought that like so many other events, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s would be cancelled.
When all the creative minds were through mulling over how we could move forward, a plan was in place—the walk would continue, but it would be everywhere. As soon as we heard the idea, we embraced it.
The Sedalia Walk will proceed as planned on September 12, but instead of everyone gathering in one place, people will walk in smaller groups with family members or teams. They will walk in their neighborhoods, in their yards, on hiking trails, in parks. Instead of being in one place and just seeing each other, we will be visible to our neighbors, or people who pass by in cars—Honk if you support Alzheimer’s research. With the wonders of the Internet and the ever present cell phones, we will still be connected.
I feel like this is our opportunity to move forward while taking a step back. The first time I walked was in 1998 and the Sedalia Walk had a total of six adults and a dog. Jim and I were the only local people in the walk. Two of the women were from the Alzheimer’s chapter and a husband and wife were from Slater. If you read my blog posts, or my Facebook page, you’ve heard this story before and have already skipped this paragraph. BUT…
I’ve decided that since things are going to be really different this year, I’d like for some members of Jim’s Team (at least six people, and one dog) to walk like it is 1998! We started at Liberty Park, walked through downtown, and back to the park.
I want to walk the same route that we walked in 1998. It’s going to be much like that year—no whoopla, or formal program, just people dedicated to the cause. I can’t think of a better way to honor Jim’s memory. This year, we won’t be too distracted to wear our buttons with Jim’s picture on it.
So, Jim’s Team, are you in, or are you out? First, you need to register! To register for Jim’s Team click here. The designated day for the Sedalia Walk is September 12. But guess what? You don’t have to be in Sedalia on that day to walk--you can walk anytime, any day, anywhere.
It is my understanding that everyone who registers for Walk to End Alzheimer’s will get flags to put in your yard and to carry when you walk. Once you register, you can self-donate or ask for donations. If you are registered and donate or raise $100 you will get a walk shirt.
Let’s walk, Jim’s Team, for a world without Alzheimer’s or dementia. Let’s walk like it’s 1998!
To register for any team, or any walk, go to act.alz.org/walk.
To go to team page for Jim’s Team click here. You can register or support another walker.
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