Rain did not stop the 5th Annual Walk for Memories for Change of Pace. A few adjustments were made and everyone stayed dry. The walk went on and everyone enjoyed the day.

Over 100 walkers showed up Saturday morning, Nov. 9th despite the weather, for the Walk for Memories. The walk raises money for the Sam McKissiock Scholarship Program. It also shows caregivers that they are not on the journey alone as many of the walkers are not caregivers, but they walk to show their support for the caregivers of Highlands County.

Elijah Torres did a great job singing the national anthem to start the Walk and after the Walk, he sang “Why God.”

Reynolds Tanner of Venus shared with the attendees how Change of Pace has made a difference for him and his wife, Ashley, in caring for Ashley’s mother. He said, “Without Change of Pace, we would not have made it. We did many things wrong before attending the support group.”

Change of Pace Administrator Cora Schwingel said, “It has been stated that 67% of caregivers pass away before those that they are taking care of do, joining a support group helps the caregiver with the journey. Many people believe you are weak if you join a support group, but actually it is the strong that join.”

Let Change of Pace help you to not become a statistic. Change of Pace offers four weekly support groups throughout Highlands County: Avon Park has a meeting that meets each Monday at Avon Park Christian Church at 10:30 a.m.; Sebring has two meetings, one meets every Monday at Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at the same location at 1 p.m.; Lake Placid has a support group that meets on Tuesdays at Memorial United Methodist Church, 500 Kent Ave., at 10 a.m.

Don’t be a statistic, call Change of Pace now at 863-382-1188.