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Memory Ball Toronto is back with its Sixth Annual Gala Event, proudly hosted by the Young Leaders Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto
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#WaybackPlayback – A Victoria Ludwig & Thomas Gaylor Production

On Saturday, February 21, TOTA Lounge hosted the Second Annual Wayback Playback night in support of Memory Ball and the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST). Despite the extreme cold and falling snow, 100 avid party-goers and J.Lo & Ja Rule enthusiasts danced their heart outs at this packed Queen West venue. wayback playback memory ball 2015   External Memory Ball events like this one have been major successes adding thousands of dollars to the bottom line, for which, we are hugely grateful. This year, Wayback Playback earned just shy of $1,500! With Memory Ball around the corner, the YPAA wouldn’t be able to have nights like this without the complete support, planning and overall awesomeness from our dear friends, Victoria Ludwig & Thomas Gaylor.

2014 was a great year for Alzheimer's advocacy and breakthroughs.  Here are some moments that made 2014 a great year for Alzheimer's awareness. While there's still a lot of work we need to do in 2015, here are some moments from the past year that inspired us. Thanks to some of these breakthroughs, we will see the end of this disease in our lifetime. 1. February 26, 2014 - Seth Rogen makes his Senate Subcommittee speech
"Americans whisper the word Alzheimer's because their government whispers the word Alzheimer's. And although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer's community has been facing for decades, it's still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs."

Sam has been involved with Memory Ball since 2013, working with Claire Poirier on design and collaborating with the sponsorship team.  Name: Samantha Kellerman Day Job: Wilfrid Laurier Business Student (but on co-op right now at Nestlé Waters Canada) Why is Memory Ball a Worthy Cause? Memory Ball is a worthy cause because Alzheimer's really does not have the awareness it should. Alzheimer's disease and dementia affect around 500,000 Canadians and there is no cure. Every dollar donated to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto helps and hopefully there can be a cure found in our lifetime.  Many people have had their lives touched by Alzheimer's or dementia, including myself. After experiencing the disease, it is easy to understand after experiencing this why Memory Ball is such an amazing cause.   [caption id="attachment_2581" align="aligncenter" width="960"]sam kellerman sarah snow Katrina Younis and Samantha Kellerman (L to R)[/caption]

Carolyn and Claire are two sisters on the Memory Ball team who are caregivers to their mother Jane, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2008. The rough transcript below is of a speech given after the Alzheimer Society of Toronto screened the documentary, the Genius of Marian. 

  [caption id="attachment_2488" align="aligncenter" width="978"]poriers genius of marian Carolyn and Claire Poirier at the Genius of Marian Screening, September 16, 2014[/caption] Carolyn: Thank you to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for having us here tonight. We are honored to be a part of such a fantastic evening, for a cause very dear to our hearts. Alzheimer’s disease has been in our lives for well over a decade, which considering, Claire is only 20; it’s been quite a while.  Our grandfather was diagnosed first, in 2000, and as in many people over 70, it seemed almost normal to us. As a carpenter in his working years, he spent his time measuring and re-measuring door frames and table heights, right up to the end. He passed away 5 years after the diagnosis, and maintained his pleasant and happy demeanor throughout. Although heartbreaking, it felt natural; he had lived a meaningful, honest life.