Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Moses Lake Alzheimer's walk postponed

Staff Writer | September 14, 2020 1:00 AM

MOSES LAKE — The 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Moses Lake has been rescheduled to Sept. 27.

Registration is still open at alz.org/walk or by calling 800-272-3900.

The annual walk is one of the biggest fundraisers each year for the Alzheimer’s Association. Carrie McBride, one of the organizers, said Moses Lake participants raised about $45,000 in 2019.

The walk was scheduled for Sept. 12, but poor air quality prompted organizers to push it back. McBride said the changes made in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak will be part of the rescheduled walk.

The opening ceremony has been moved online and will be broadcast at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 27, on social media. Participants are asked to walk on a course of their choice. Traditionally, participants carry pinwheel flowers in different colors, signifying how they’ve been affected by the disease. For 2020, the pinwheels will be on display from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Civic Park. Participants will receive a banner they can carry on their individual walks.

Leslie Woodfill, one of the organizers, said the money raised is used locally to help pay for support groups for people with Alzheimer’s and their families, to provide education about the disease and to fund research into its causes and treatment.