Walk for Alzheimer’s in Ladner to honour retired police officer

Are you one of the two-thirds of British Columbians who have personally known someone living with dementia?

If you are living with dementia or know someone who is, you can show your support by registering for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

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The fundraiser in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. takes place at Delta Secondary on Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m.

The event provides an opportunity to honour people who have been touched by dementia, while fundraising to support those living with the disease.

Each of the 21 events across B.C. on May 5 is dedicated to an honouree, an individual or group affected by dementia or who has contributed to the lives of people living with the disease.

The South Delta walk honours Ron and Geramy Powell.

Geramy Powell laughs about the “Ronisms” – the stories and practical jokes that comprise her husband’s quirky sense of humour and illustrate what a positive outlook he has always had throughout his 30-year career as a police officer and in the seven years since he was diagnosed with dementia.

“Ron said, ‘Everybody has something, and this is what I’ve got’,” she said. “We can’t be ashamed. We have to face this head-on.”

The Powells connected with First Link dementia support and have taken advantage of several Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services over the years, including support groups where Ron’s contagious positivity continues to be a huge help to others facing dementia. They have also found comfort and empowerment through fundraising.

Ron is a fourth-degree black belt in judo, proud father and grandfather, and a man who values his close relationships with family, friends and neighbours above all else.

“He’s a wonderful storyteller with a wonderful attitude about life,” Geramy said.

Funds raised at the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. provide support and education and facilitate research.

To register for the walk visit: walkforalzheimers.ca.

 

 

 

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