For the third year, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto has been blessed with amazing volunteers who lead the Walk For Alzheimer’s here in Toronto. They are champions, providing hours of volunteer support, encouraging others to walk with us and fundraise to support the 46,000 people living with dementia and their families here in Toronto. We’d like to introduce you to our North York – G. Ross Lord Park Walk Committee!
Meet the North York Walk Team! We are a group of 6 awesome, engaged and excited people planning a Walk for Alzheimer’s on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Nina: I am walking in honour of my vavô (grandfather) Antonio Maiato, who lived with dementia for over 15 years. He was the most kind, gentle and loving grandfather who always showed each and everyone one of his 14 grandchildren how much he cared. I have so many great memories of my vavô and want to keep his memory alive by walking for him on May 27th.
Fun Fact: I love dogs! I’ve had 4 dogs. 3 boys: blackie, buddy and bowzer (all names starting with B, not planned that way! and 1 girl named pebbles who just turned 11. I am seriously afraid of bees! I will run and scream flailing my arms in the air to get away!
Sophorn: I am walking in honour of my father who was diagnosed with dementia for over 7 years before his passing. My dad and I have always been extremely close. We understood each other like no one else, probably because we were so much alike. Both hard working, pranksters, slightly opinionated, and very stubborn. My 28 years with my father has been very memorable and full of happiness and I am truly grateful for what I have been given. On May 27th, my walk is in memory of my father, celebration of life.
Fun Fact: I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures – visited 4 different countries in the span of 1 month! I enjoy pushing my body to the limit- completed Tough Mudder and now training for a half Marathon.
Ryan: I am walking in honour of my grandmother who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. She was a strong woman and a loving mother and grandmother. All she cared about was taking care of her family. I wish to keep her memory alive by joining the walk this May.
Fun Fact: I love to play ultimate frisbee, I currently play with Toronto Ultimate Club twice a week! It’s one of those sports that you can stay competitive as you get older, as long as you can adapt your game to rely more on skill than just pure athleticism.
Theresa: I will be walking in honour of both of my grandmothers. Grandma Mac passed away after living with Alzheimer’s for 5 years. It was so sad to see such a strong woman, who knew all the cards in Gin Rummy, deteriorate so quickly. She did not recognize me before passing. Grandma Ella has been living with Dementia for over 10 years. She is so kind and loving and it is difficult to see her struggle with simple tasks, but she is a fighter and I enjoy the days when she still has her wit. My walk on May 27th will be a loving tribute to my grandmas.
Stefanie: I will be walking in honour of my beautiful mom whom we lost too soon. She was diagnosed at 55 and she lost her battle just 10 years later. A woman so strong was deprived of living her life to the fullest. I’m also walking to bring awareness and make a difference in the lives of the families and caregivers who are affected by this disease.
Find One Kenton at the North York Walk For Alzheimer’s on walk day!