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Sydney Memory Walk & Jog
“I am walking for my mum Val, she is about to turn 61 and at the later stages of early onset dementia. She was diagnosed at 55, is now in a home and has been told she has less than a year left to live.
I have a little sister who is 30 who is severely disabled and has been in a wheelchair her whole life and never spoken a word. My mum (and step-father) looked after her as full-time careers until she was 26. We all hoped my parents would get a break and get to travel around Australia but the universe had different plans. My step-father, who is greatest man on the planet, was also diagnosed with leukemia. Such a sad end to a love story."
Many parents just go through the motions but with these two it was true love. He still goes to the home everyday to see his "girl" and kisses her. Absolutely heartbreaking.
Canberra Memory Walk & Jog
"My mother (Barb) was diagnosed with Dementia two years ago at the age of 68. Shortly after she was referred to a geriatrician to be fully assessed. During the assessment she got confused therefore decided she did not like the geriatrician so left and told everyone 'the doctor said there is nothing wrong with me'. So to date she has not received or participated in treatment or strategies which might slow the process.
In the past few months she has deteriorated rapidly, and on occasions she does not recognise or remember my father (Ken) and her husband of nearly 50 years. Fortunately my dad is an angel and is currently still caring for her, even though the good days are getting less and she has become quite aggressive and this is often aimed at him."
Read Melinda's full story, or sponsor Melinda and The Dean Team.
Illawarra Memory Walk & Jog
"My Mum, Martine, was showing signs of Younger Onset Alzheimer's when she was only 55 years old. She had the doctors baffled a bit as they thought the symptoms she was experiencing were because of menopause and the medication she was taking. I think it’s probably because they weren’t expecting to diagnose someone so young with dementia. It wasn’t until my Dad took her to see a Professor in Brisbane and after extensive testing and scans they were able to diagnose her at the age of 56.I fundraise via LinkedIn with my professional network and via Facebook with family friends. I’ve been in my industry for 14 years and a lot of my customers that I have had that long are like family to me, so they support me.It’s a big thing for our family to take part in Memory Walk & Jog and make a difference for someone else with dementia. It’s now too late for our Mum but we hope that by fundraising we can make it easier for others."
Read Bruce's full story, or sponsor Bruce and Team Lawson.
Adelaide Memory Walk & Jog
"As I’m writing our story, my Gran has moved into permanent care in an aged care facility due to her dementia. 18 months ago she was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's, after having been misdiagnosed some months earlier by a doctor who said she was 'just showing signs of getting older'. So the side effects of her disease has been slowly progressing over the past 3-4 years. Her husband has been her primary carer as they were still living together without any additional support or care.
"I saw the Memory Walk & Jog on Facebook and straight away signed our family up to participate and fundraise. We are taking part as, through our experience with dementia and the effects it's had on our family, we believe it is so important to raise awareness of the disease and the impact it has on families and loved ones of those diagnosed."
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DIY Memory Walk & Jog is an opportunity to tailor an event to suit your town or friend group while raising valuable funds and awareness for Dementia Australia.
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DIY Memory Walk & Jog
"My inspiration to organise the fundraiser came from my much loved husband, Paul (aka Freebie) who, about 7 years ago, aged just 60 years old, was diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia. I still care for him, but wanted to make an even bigger impact by raising funds and awareness for others in similar situations."
I am so thrilled with the success of our event. I'm really overwhelmed with the response of those who have donated as raising over $20k is so much more than we had hoped for!
Ipswich DIY Memory Walk & Jog
“In our community here in Ipswich we have a dementia based unit at the Ipswich Hospital where we have an influx of patients with dementia. We have amazing allied health, nursing, geriatrician and administration staff that make it a safe, caring and happy environment.
My reasons behind doing this DIY event is for the families of Ipswich, they deserve to have a day to remember and appreciate the lives of their loved ones. Our first year was a great success having families and staff members jog and walk for a great cause and all wearing yellow for a great morning out. I am hoping it will be bigger and better next year and this will be an annual event for the city.”
Taree DIY Memory Walk & Jog
“We had beautiful weather and the day went well. Many people embraced the yellow theme and dressed up - a dog dressed up as a bumble bee was voted best dressed by everyone 😃 Group warm up by local fitness instructor Margie Brown was fantastic and got plenty of laughs.”
Geelong DIY Memory Walk & Jog participant
“"Mum may forget, but my sister and i will cherish the memory of this glorious morning spent walking and laughing.This is the second Memory Walk & Jog we have now participated in, and both have been just amazing. We walk for my mother Ingrid who was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer's a few years ago at the age of 53. We are very lucky to have such amazing family/friends who supported us, both in getting up early on a Sunday to walk, but also in their fundraising efforts and contributions. We only heard that the Memory Walk Geelong was back on about 2 weeks prior, and still managed to exceed our fundraising target and get a group of 21 amazing people together to support us and our lovely Mum.We can't wait to participate again next year and this will definitely be an annual event for us. It's an emotional but amazing thing to be a part of."
MY Memory Walk & Jog is the perfect way for you to enhance your fitness routine and raise funds and awareness for Dementia Australia at the same time! By pledging as few or as many kilometres as you like, you can play a part in our biggest fundraiser in a way that suits you!
MY Memory Walk & Jog (Walked 80km from Wollongong to Sydney)
"This terrible disease has sadly affected two of my family members: my nanna, who has now passed away, and my auntie Marylyn, who is currently going through it.
I wanted to attempt a My Memory Walk that replicates in a small way, some of the difficulties that a person with dementia has to go through on a daily basis, including the feelings of isolation and physical and emotional challenges. The walk I designed is not part of an organised group, but rather a personal, solo journey with the help of a small support crew to guide me, walk with me and help me if and when needed."
MY Memory Walk & Jog
“My grandfather passed away five years ago due to having Alzheimer's disease. Although he lived overseas we always kept in touch with family and knew how difficult it had gotten towards the final stages. I participated in Memory Walk & Jog last year with mum but did not get the chance this year, so I wanted to do this instead... I do want to try and help raise funds; this is a scary disease and can hit anyone. I hope to see one day some sort of medical breakthrough.”
“The reasons I raise funds for Alzheimer's is to honour the memory of my Grandpa, Nan and Aunt who all lived with dementia as well as to acknowledge the dedicated care and commitment of those who lived with and supported them through their illness. I am fortunate to have memories of my family and use the time I run to reflect on them. In raising funds I hope that others retain their ability to remember their loved ones.”
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