Feature Story                                                                                           Saturday February 19, 2011

 

Walking The Talk

Chilliwack residents raise $26,076 for Alzheimer's Society Walk For Memories

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

n Sunday January 30, about 300 people, most wearing white tees and blue forget-me-not ribbons, beat their feet for a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

 

Last week the Investors Group Alzheimer's Society of BC released fundraising totals for various 9th Walk for Memories events held around the province, and the Chilliwack community collected $26,074 in donations.

 

Jillian Armit, Support and Education Coordinator for the Fraser Valley, told the crowd that everyone there were heroes.

 

"You are the people who said yes we can make a difference. You're not sitting at home doing nothing and you're here because you care," she said.

The statistics are dire. According to Armit, every 5-minutes, someone in Canada is diagnosed with developing dementia. Right now there's 70,000 people in BC who are living with this dreaded disease. And the numbers aren't expected to decline unless an immediate cure is found.

"If we don't get a cure, and that's what we're here for today, in the next 30-years, in the next generation, that number will more than double," said Armit.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz sang the national anthem and did a wonderful rendition as always. A quick google search will tell you that Chilliwack is one of the few cities in North American with a sitting mayor who can sing.

Money raised in Chilliwack stays within the community to help local patients and their families through various support and educational programs.

This year, Chilliwack walkers set the precedent even higher with a 36 per cent increase over last year's total and province-wide over $630,000 was collected setting a record for the Walk.

The Alzheimer's Society posted on their website that "thousands of people came out to Walk at 20 events across the province. By walking and collecting pledges, you have helped people in their communities who are living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

For more information on how you can become involved visit: www.alzheimerbc.org/In-My-Community/Fraser-Valley.aspx

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