Letter to the Editor:
The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region wishes to thank the community at large for their overwhelming support, received at this year’s Walk for Alzheimer’s. This was a record breaking year, as we were able to raise over $92,000; an outstanding 55% increase over the previous year! Despite Mother Nature’s wrath that included steady rain all day, hundreds attended with their smiles and rain gear, to show their support, for the nearly 10,000 Durham Region residents who have been diagnosed with dementia. Their support, and the support of many corporate sponsors, helped us raise valuable funds, to support the programs offered at Alzheimer Society of Durham Region.
Dementia related illnesses are on the rise. With our population both increasing and aging, this number will grow substantially over the coming years. The Alzheimer Society is planning now, to ensure we can continue to meet the demand for our services, which include: individual and group support, for both the person living with dementia as well as their care partner & family; fun and interactive recreational programming; and important public education & awareness activities.
People need to know what to expect, and through the on-going support of our work from communities across Durham Region, no one will have to walk their dementia journey alone.
On behalf of The Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and our clients, THANK YOU for making the Walk such a success! To the eight cash sponsors, nearly 40 prize/in-kind sponsors, and the many, many participants and donors who made this event a success, thank you; you have touched the lives of many.
We hope to see everyone back next year, rain or shine, the last weekend of May. Please watch our website for further details www.alzheimer.ca/durham.
Alzheimer Society of Durham Region
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