Appreciating that “Nobody should walk alone,” thousands of British Columbians joined forces last weekend in the fight against dementia.
On the morning of May 6, locals gathered at the Thompson Community Centre to participate in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s to honour Bryan Springgay, one of the estimated 70,000 people in B.C. who are living with dementia.
Those who have passed away were also remembered, as participants helped raise awareness and critical funds.
“Based on preliminary counts, we have raised well over $850,000 at Walk events across the province,” said Maria Howard, chief executive officer at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Funds will provide local education programs and support services, and assist in the research into the causes and cure of the disease—a progressive, degenerative brain disease most often diagnosed in people over 65.