Every spring, I can’t wait to get my trowel in hand and bring my garden back to life again. It’s a ritual of rebirth that allows me to put even the worst of winters behind me. And it seems as if this interest has finally aligned with another passion: creating a world without Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
That’s what makes me so excited about our campaign. On May 16, we are encouraging Ontarians to plant Forget Me Not seeds. Forget Me Nots are the official flower of the Alzheimer Society. They work great in pots or groundcover and come back year after year. But most importantly, we want them to become a symbol of hope for those affected by the disease.
Over 1,000 Ontarians are participating in this year’s campaign! Our community of hope is growing and I couldn’t be more pleased. People are rallying behind Ontarians affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’re planting your Forget Me Not seeds on Saturday in hopes of a world with Alzheimer’s, consider another way you can help make that happen: a planned gift. And did you know that
there are ways to donate that would help you and your family at the same time? You can reduce taxes now or increase your retirement income or even leave more money in your estate through a legacy gift.
We have created an Estate Planning Guide and Workbook plus some helpful tools that we would be happy to send to you. Feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 847 8913) if you want a free Estate Planning Guide or if you have more questions.
Development Officer, Gift & Estate Planning
Who are you planting #SeedsofHope for?
This is your last chance to get your Forget Me Not seeds and join our hopeful community for a world with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia! Meet some of the others who are planting seeds and find out why they doing so:
I’m participating in #SeedsofHope campaign in memory of my Nanny. It’s a great new way to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s. I feel that this campaign was a thoughtful and respectful way to honour those who have been affected with the horrible disease and to raise awareness in hopes of prevention and a cure.
I’m participating in #SeedsofHope to honour and remember my wonderful mother. My mom suffered with Alzheimer’s for a long and painful seven years. She was dearly loved and is extremely missed and by planting the seeds we remember her as flowers and the color purple were her favorite things. Looking at the beautiful flowers reminds us of how beautiful our mother was.
I don’t have anyone in my family with Alzheimer’s, but I’m participating in #SeedsofHope for a man who I worked for who developed it at around 55. I watched the slow deterioration of a man who had a lot of life in him and his struggle to try and maintain some kind on dignity. Let’s find a cure for this disease.
Last year I took part in #SeedsofHope. I wanted to not only raise awareness for this terrible disease but also in memory of my Grandpa who lost his battle a few years ago.
I never knew how bad it was up until I had to witness someone I love battle Alzheimer’s disease. It’s heartbreaking to see someone you love lose everything, including their memory, and how he could no longer recognize many of the people he loved the most.
I encourage anyone thinking about it to sign up today! This is a great campaign and I look forward to participating for years to come.
So on May 16th, join us to support the search for a cure and spread hope for people impacted by dementia. Let’s plant a stunning field of Forget Me Not seeds in every garden in Ontario!
Hailey Szabon, #SeedsofHope planter
On Thursday April 23, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and Meridian Credit Union staff showed up to work extra early. The Meridian Credit Union at 26 St. Clair Ave East in Toronto hosted a planting party to kick-off the #SeedsofHope campaign. It was a special morning for both organizations who jointly planted Forget Me Not seeds in honour of all the people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias across Ontario.
The Alzheimer Society #SeedsofHope campaign is helping to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and rally support for increased funding for long-term care and a future cure. Here is a sneak-peak look at the early-morning planting party…
You too can join the #SeedsofHope community!
Thank you to Meridian Credit Union for supporting the #SeedsofHope campaign which is helping to grow the community of hope across Ontario for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.