Huge turnout for Alzheimer’s Walk in Penticton

Dozens come out to walk for a cure at the annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Skaha Park May 29, 2022. (Jessica Wittman)Dozens come out to walk for a cure at the annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Skaha Park May 29, 2022. (Jessica Wittman)
Dozens come out to walk for a cure at the annual Alzheimer's Walk in Skaha Park May 29, 2022. (Jessica Wittman)
Dozens come out to walk for a cure at the annual Alzheimer's Walk in Skaha Park May 29, 2022. (Jessica Wittman)

It was a huge turn out for the first in-person return of the Alzheimer’s Walk at Skaha Lake Sunday, May 29.

Dozens came out to walk and participate in the Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest fundraiser that has been on a two-year hiatus since COVID-19.

This year, the event is dedicated to Barbie Bird, who moved back to Penticton to help care for her mother Pauline, a longtime Penticton resident.

With a long family history in the Okanagan, Pauline passed away on March 18, listening to Frank Sinatra and surrounded by her daughters.

Sponsored by IG Wealth Management, the walk kicked off at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion in Skaha Lake Park at 2 p.m.

According to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., two-thirds of British Columbians have personally known someone living with dementia. The fundraiser allows the society to continue to provide crucial programs and services to British Columbians affected by dementia and to support dementia research.

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