January 21, 2013

Global BC’s Mark Madryga and Dr. Art Hister took up the Investors Group Walk for Memories Team Challenge this year to gather friends, family and co-workers to celebrate the lives of people living with dementia in British Columbia. People in 23 communities across the province are registered to walk on Sunday, Jan. 27. Support Mark, Dr. Art or both at www.walkformemories.com to help those impacted by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Understanding the disease is essential, as today, more than 70,000 British Columbians are among the over 747,000 Canadians living with dementia, and these numbers are on the rise. Dementia can occur in people in their 40s and 50s and age remains the biggest risk factor. After 65, the risk doubles every five years.

Because B.C.’s population is aging, the number of people diagnosed with dementia will continue to rise. That’s why the Alzheimer Society of B.C. continues to raise funds to provide support, education and information for those impacted by Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and help them build the skills and confidence to maintain quality of life as the disease progresses. Funds raised will also go toward research, bringing us closer to finding a cure. The 2012 fundraiser raised $715,000 and we hope to exceed that amount this year.

Mark Madryga and Dr. Art Hister support the Investors Group Walk for Memories year after year because they see the difference this annual event makes in their communities. Take the Team Challenge and register now at www.walkformemories.com/TeamChallenge to walk on Jan. 27, 2013.

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