Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I’m raising money in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Alzheimer's disease and other dementias have impacted both Kathleen's and my family significantly. My Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in his mid 70's and passed away at the age of 78. My Mom lived with some form of dementia (not Alzheimer's) for about 6 years before passing away at the age of 85. Kathleen's mom is 93 and has been living with a form of dementia known as LATE (Limbic-predominant Age-associated TDP-43 Encephalopathy) for several years. In her case, Covid-19 has certainly made navigating this disease difficult.
My dear friend Malcolm has lived with Young-onset Alzheimer's for several years. He inspires me with the way that he has courageously faced the challenges of this disease. Whether it is treating me to one of his piano solos, going for a bike ride, walking his dog Nelson, sharing a coffee or having a rich conversation, Malcolm is always reminding me of what it means to be present in the life of another. He is a gentle, caring, thoughtful and tender person.
Malcolm has always been an avid runner, and earlier this year expressed a desire to run to Whistler to raise awareness for Alzheimer's. Over coffee one day with a small group of friends, we discussed the idea of perhaps doing a run locally instead. This idea resonated with Malcolm, and a group of us then organized "Malcolm's Run for Alzheimer's". On September 25, we will doing a 10 km run/bike on the Boundary Bay dike to both raise awareness and also funding for the Alzheimer's Association of BC
I am taking part to support Malcolm, and also to honour my Mom, Dad and mother-in-law.
By making a donation on this page, you are helping to transform the lives of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. By supporting the work of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., you are ensuring there is a province-wide organization dedicated to providing services and programs to help families faced with dementia have the confidence and skills to maintain quality of life along with supporting the search for the cure.
Please make a donation today and help me to reach my fundraising goal!