Dad on his big birthday celebration
This was a wonderful day for dad, he was surrounded by his enormous extended family and really enjoyed himself. Since that time he lost one of his remaining sisters, Margaret.
In a truly mixed blessing he isn't aware of this.
This is the story of Dementia, that it steals your awareness of who your loved ones are, your relationships.
Please help me, help others navigate this journey. And hold tight to every precious moment you have with your loved ones.
I'm taking part in the Canberra Memory Walk & Jog for my Dad Pat Shanahan and raising funds for people with dementia!
On Sunday 23 February, I’ll be taking part in the Canberra Memory Walk & Jog to raise funds to support people with dementia.
Pat was diagnosed with a couple of forms of dementia some years ago and the support that I received at that time was fantastic.
Since then Pat has been on his own journey, moving to Sunshine Coast and now staying at St Vincent's MAROOCHYDORE, where he receives wonderful support from my mother, sisters and brother on a close to daily basis and is surrounded by staff that provide him with great care, but that journey was tough at the outset and the help of Dementia Australia's Canberra staff helped us negotiate a complex situation.
Pat is very much lost in time and space now but recognises he is surrounded by people that love him and is comforted by the love and care he receives.
I need your help to ensure other families on this journey get the support they need when they need it! Please make a donation to support my efforts and help me reach my goal to beat dementia.
All funds raised will support the work of Dementia Australia to provide vital support services for people living with dementia, their families and carers. These services include counselling, support groups, education and training.
Thank you for your support.
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Reached Fundraising Target
Raised $100 - Bronze Dementia Warrior
Raised $500 - Silver Dementia Warrior
Raised $1000 - Gold Dementia Warrior
Raised $2500 - Platinum Dementia Warrior
Thank you to my Sponsors
Anna And Sean
Lyn & Gerard Mcdonald