Nelson walks for memories

Alzheimer's walk united citizens in creating dementia-friendly community.

Nelson walks for memories

Every Nelsonite who marched around Lakeside Park during this year’s Walk for Alzheimer’s has been touched by the effects of the disease—former fire chief Simon Grypma, MLA Michelle Mungall and Mayor Deb Kozak, to name only a few.

This year’s walk started at the Rotary shelter, where participants gathered to share their personal experiences with the disease. The event aims to raise $18,000 that will go towards research and support for families living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“We’re walking for memories,” Grypma told the crowd. “Now Simon says ‘get walking!'”

This year’s walk was held in honour of Bob Hawes, who was in attendance with the many members of his family.

All photos taken by Hume Elementary student Porter Hansen, who was working as a junior reporter during the event.

Junior reporter Porter Hansen with Alzheimer’s walk honouree Bob Hawes.