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Registration is open for Sunday’s Comox Valley Walk For Alzheimer’s

The walk is scheduled for May 26 at Lewis Park, starting at 10 a.m.
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Paul Atterton and his partner, Bev White, who was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2022—a rare disease often associated with Alzheimer’s—were recognized in 2023 for their contribution to the Comox Valley community by raising $22,000 in last year’s walk. Photo supplied

Registration for the 2024 Comox Valley IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is now open, at walkforalzheimers.ca

Attendees can register as a team or individually to participate in the May 26 walk that will begin at the Lewis Centre in Courtenay.

Dementia currently affects approximately 85,000 people in British Columbia. However, these numbers are projected to increase dramatically, with nearly 250,000 people in the province expected to be diagnosed by 2050.

People attending this year’s event will have the opportunity to raise funds for essential programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.

Organized by IG Wealth Management, the Walk for Alzheimer’s helps provide critical support for people affected by dementia while breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease.

Each of the 21 events hosted across the province will be dedicated to an honouree – an individual or group affected by dementia, or someone who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease.

Last year’s honourees were Paul Atterton and his partner, Bev White, who was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2022, a rare disease often associated with Alzheimer’s. The couple has been recognized for their contribution to the Comox Valley community by raising $22,000 in 2023.

This year, the pair raised well above $19,000. It will also be Bev’s final walk.

“(The goal of this walk) is to bring attention to this disease that so many people are affected by, including us,” said White.

“Beyond raising funds, the more people attend the walk, the more attention this cause will receive, and the more support it will gain from other agencies” added Atterton.

To learn more about the walk, donate, or register for the event, visit walkforalzheimers.ca and select British Columbia in the drop-down menu.

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Olivier Laurin

About the Author: Olivier Laurin

I’m a bilingual multimedia journalist from Montréal who began my journalistic journey on Vancouver Island with The Comox Valley Record in 2023.
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