Dianne Loeppky is a five-
year veteran of the Walk for Memories in Guelph, Ontario.
Six years ago, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It was afrightening experience, but the Alzheimer
Society of Guelph-Wellington was there to help. I don’t know where we would be without them. They were a great source of information, hosted a support group that my husband attends and even set us up with a companion, who spends time with my husband and allows me to take a much needed break.
With all that the Society had done for us, we wanted to give something back and decided to fundraise for the Walk for M
emories. We have so much fun and it allows us to spend time with people we have met through the Society. They even have aface- painting booth, which my husband takes full advantage of. He always wants his face painted like a devil, much to the amusement of fellow walkers. It is this kind of camaraderie that makes the event so great.
But the best thing about the W
alk is how rewarding it feels to have accomplished something and given back to the Society. It is great to know that our efforts really make a difference.
To find a walk near you or to sponsor a walker, visit the Walk for Memories website.