Are you one of the two-thirds of British Columbians who have personally known someone living with dementia?
If you are living with dementia or know someone else who is, you can show your support for them by registering for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s. The fundraiser in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. takes place at the Landing Sports Centre at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.
The event provides an opportunity to remember or honour people in our lives who have been touched by dementia, while fundraising to support those living with the disease today. Each of the 21 events across B.C. is dedicated to an honouree – an individual or group affected by dementia, or who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease. This year the Chilliwack Walk honours Wendy Eyre-Gray.
Each period in Wendy’s life has been defined by the care she devoted herself to giving: as a proud young mother to four children who opened a specialized preschool for her son and other children facing hearing impairment; as a grandmother who attended university, studied theology and was ordained an Anglican priest; and as a great-grandmother who now prioritizes her own self-care and encourages other people facing dementia to do the same.
“I believe that we are given opportunities to make ourselves and our part of the world, small or large, a little bit better and more life-giving and fulfilling for one and all,” she says. “Go for it!”
Wendy finds relief and joy in speaking honestly about her experience and in attending Minds in Motion®, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s fitness and social program for people in the early stages of dementia and a care partner.
Funds raised at the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s help enable Alzheimer Society of B.C. support and education in Chilliwack and help facilitate research into the causes of and the cure for the disease, so we can look towards a world without dementia.
For a limited time, people who fundraise in support of this event can make twice the difference. For every gift made online to the Walk in B.C. before April 14, an extremely generous donor has pledged to match donations up to a total of $100,000.
To double your impact and support people like Wendy Eyre-Gray who are on the dementia journey, register at walkforalzheimers.ca today.