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Saturday January 29th 2011 was the Manulife Walk for Memories in Toronto. This walk is held annually to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. The Alzeimer Society seeks to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to promote research in the field. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dimentia that is incurable, degenerative, and ultimately terminal. Therefore, research is of the utmost importance.

The Walk for Memories drew in about 1200 walkers: families, friends, volunteers, and even a few politicians, like Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, as well as liberals Donna Cansfield and Michael Ignatieff. In total, the 2011 Walk raised an incredible $592,000! My family fundraised $2165 of that total, which I am so very proud of!

The event was well organized, created a lot of energy in the crowd, and was very touching and sentimental as well. The Wall of Memories allowed walkers to post pictures of, comments to, and stories about loved ones who had passed away from Alzheimers disease. It was a lovely way to honour and remember those who we have lost.

 

 

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