On January 31, more than 1,500 people whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer's disease are expected to participate in the Walk for Memories Presented by Memory Care, organized by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Toronto's Walk for Memories is the largest fundraising Walk in Canada and features music and great entertainment. Corporate sponsors will provide beverages and snacks.
The Walk for Memories is a 2.2km indoor walk through downtown Toronto's underground PATH system, beginning and ending in Brookfield Place. Participants can register as individuals or teams or join an existing team. Kids are encouraged to participate, as well as adults with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias
According to the Society's registration website, as of Sunday, January 4, they had reached 13% of their goal, that's just over $82,000 raised so far, out of a total goal of $600,000. The proceeds will go towards research for a cure as well as supporting the programs of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
Even if you can't participate in the walk on the 31st, you can help raise awareness for the Walk by joining a Thunderclap to send thousands of simultaneous Tweets and Facebook and Tumblr status updates. The Thunderclap will happen at 12:00 p.m. EST on January 7. The social reach of this blast is expected to get to almost 230,000 people. Add your voice to the Thunderclap to "rally your friends, family, neighbours and online connections into supporting people with dementia."
The Thunderclap website has these words to say about the Alzheimer Society of Toronto:
We’re a non-profit organization that provides free counselling, education & information to people with Alzheimer’s disease & other dementias, their families, & caregivers.
We also deliver specialized training and professional development for frontline health-care providers, as well as public education and awareness events to increase accessibility to dementia information.
And about Alzheimer's disease:
Did you know that women are doubly affected by Alzheimer’s disease? They outnumber men living with the disease and more often than not shoulder the responsibility of caring for a family member with it.
You know these women. They are the special women in your life – mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, and friends.
Although there is no cure for the disease, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto provides essential programs that help improve the lives of these women and everyone else impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Qualicare Toronto supports the Walk for Memories, and we invite you to join us in helping to create a world without Alzheimer's.