Les Dakens, Alzheimer Society board member, advocate and matching donor for the 2015 research campaign, knows how difficult Alzheimer’s can be on families. “I saw firsthand the impact Alzheimer’s disease had on my family and especially the life of my mother. I wanted to do something.”
And so he did. Not only has Les stepped up to challenge Canadians to double the impact of their donations by matching his $25,000 donation for research this month, but he has also made a $5 million commitment in his Will to benefit the Alzheimer Society. “My wife and I decided that we wanted to support the Alzheimer Society in our Will to honour my mother and change the face of this disease in the future,” says Les. “Our legacy will be something future generations can look to and be inspired to take action of their own.”
Les and Marijane Dakens already support the Society’s work through their annual major gift pledge contribution. “We’re grateful to have such a generous and meaningful commitment made to our organization,” says Cathy Barrick, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. “Les and Marijane’s gift will encourage others to give and help us create a world without Alzheimer’s disease.”
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