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Alzheimer supporters walk for ‘Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow’

“I think that even if you don’t know who I am someday, you’ll still know that I love you.”

“What if I see you, and I don’t know that you’re my daughter, and I don’t know that you love me?”

“Then, I’ll tell you that I do, and you’ll believe me.”

― Lisa Genova, author of ‘Still Alice’

Supporters of the Alzheimer Society walked through Sandbanks Provincial Park on the Saturday morning of Mother’s Day weekend in honour of yesterdays disappearing and uncertain tomorrows, but most importantly, to provide ‘Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow’.

Dianne O’Brien, the County’s acting mayor

Dianne O’Brien, the County’s Acting Mayor, told the crowd gathered that the work of the Alzheimer society is “near and dear to me.

“My mother passed away three years ago. She was the smartest woman I have ever known. She passed away with Alzheimers and it’s folks like you that made her life bearable. So I sincerely thank you.”

“We certainly have a lot to be thankful for and that certainly is this community of support” said Maureen Corrigan, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Hastings-Prince Edward as she welcomed the crowd.

“A diagnosis of Alzheimers, and persons living with dementia… do need a community of support and the Alzheimer Society is that link so that people living with dementia can live well, and their care partners have the support and services that they need.”

Morgan Haviland, new to the Picton branch Alzheimer’s office, thanked participants, volunteers, sponsors and those who donated. She also thanked students from St. Gregory School in Picton, who led the walk.

Last year’s event at the Sandbanks raised more than $14,000 of $70,000 raised in the region at walks in the County, Belleville, Quinte West and Tweed. Support across the country brought some 25,000 walkers together raising more than $4.9 million for the cause.

Alyssa Ashley, volunteer, paints a ‘Forget-Me-Not’ flower on Henry Haviland’s cheek. She also helped children plant the flower in seedling pots to take home.

Anne Marie Burns-Keaney, Sarah Haennel, Kristie and Nadia Bilodeau prepare the the scavenger hunt.

Participants warm up for their walk through Sandbanks Park.

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