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Walk for Memories raises Alzheimer's disease awareness

Andrew, Patrick, Susan and Michael Tham, who was honoured at this year
Andrew, Patrick, Susan and Michael Tham, who was honoured at this year's walk.
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A leisurely stroll made by hundreds through BCIT’s Aerospace Technology Campus for the Investors Group Walk for Memories helped raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease on Sunday.

The walk, held in Richmond for the first time this year, was attended by 200 people and raised $29,690 for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.—nearly triple what the organizers had anticipated.

“We achieved more than we ever expected,” said Marco Goco, the event chair.

There were six main stations around BCIT’s campus that the participants walked to and from, learning about local resources and organizations including the RCMP, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Door prizes were given out after the walk, as well as a trip for two from West Jet.

Awareness of Alzheimer’s is important not just for those who suffer from it, but for their families as well.

“I’ve seen … how it affects the family,” said Goco, whose grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease.

“Imagine going to your family member and they don’t recognize you- it’s devastating,” he said.

Every year walks are held across the province, each honouring a family dealing with Alzheimer’s.

Michael Tham and his family were honoured at this year’s Richmond walk.

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