Amanda is participating in the Walk for Dementia on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Tunney’s Pasture in support of her grandmother Teresina Bernardo and all those living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Walking for the fourth year in a row, Amanda always looks forward to not only walking in her community but also to raising awareness for a cause that she holds dear to her heart.
Why Amanda Walks
"Each year, when the walk begins recruiting team captains and walkers to participate in the Walk For Dementia, it forces me to pause and think about why this walk is so important to me. For those of you who have followed my journey since my first walk until now, you know that I walk for my grandmother Teresina Bernardo.
It’s crazy to think I was only six years old when this disease took hold of my grandmother, and that in reality I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with her. Yet despite this truth, I’ve never stopped feeling close to her, loving her and being inspired by the woman she was and still is. I see so much of my grandmother in my father; his kindness, his love for others, and his work ethic. While Alzheimer's disease stripped me away from a relationship with my grandmother; I’m grateful for the son, my dad, who embodies so much of her and who has in turn shared her memories and passed on her loving traits to me.
While I can't cure my grandmother's disease, I can walk for her, I can advocate for her, and I can fundraise in her name. Because I can do all of this for her, I do it without hesitation. I walk because I know that my actions today can and will have a positive impact tomorrow."
Please help Amanda reach her fundraising goal by making a donation to her Walk, you’ll be helping even more people access the much-needed programs and services offered by The Dementia Society.
Your donation will directly benefit the 20,000 people in the Ottawa and Renfrew County area who are living with dementia by funding:
- one to one support for 5,000 caregivers and families annually;
- peer support programs to help caregivers feel less alone;
- education on many topics related to dementia; and
- social programs where caregivers and their loved ones can engage with others living with the same challenges.
Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up!
Thank you for your support, and thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer's disease/dementia!
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