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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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Looking for your daily dose of inspiration? Well then, you’re in for a treat. Today, we are pleased to feature an inspiring post from one of (the many!) inspiring member of the Memory Ball Team. Amanda McMillan has been involved in Memory Ball for the past...

Young Caregivers Read Letters To Their Parents With Alzheimer's

Every year at Memory Ball, we want to make sure everyone knows why they're attending our event. Yes, Memory Ball was the party of the year, with an animated-GIF photo booth, watercolour portrait artist Beckie di Leo, an unreal silent auction and raffle, cooler than cool DJs Alex Tribe and Guillaume Viau, burritos and of course our sexy sax band, Sax 5th Avenue. But, what's most important about Memory Ball is raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease. Without awareness, we can't vanquish this terrible disease. This is why we had a Wall of Memories, where we asked guests to contribute photos of loved ones affected by the disease for guests to see and reflect on the lives touched by Alzheimer's. One of the highlights of the evening for the organizing committee is the video we show about Alzheimer's. We feel that the video portion anchors the event into the cause and motivates attendees to truly end Alzheimer's for good. The amazingly talented Kath Fudurich (Head of Community Outreach at Memory Ball) filmed Memory Ball caregivers Claire Poirier, Katie Johns and Kath's own twin brother, Jamie Fudurich reading letters to their parents with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Claire, Katie and Jamie were all in their teens when their respective parents were diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer's or dementia. The video is moving and there was nary a dry eye in sight when we showed it to our guests. Afterwards, a touched Cathy Barrick (our favourite CEO) declared that we would "kick Alzheimer's ass" to the cheering crowd.

Aryn Gatto is new to the Memory Ball team this year. Aryn's passion and enthusiasm have been a huge gain for the Memory Ball team and we welcome her big smile and creative spirit.  Here are some words Aryn shared with us about her grandmother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, and some reflections on their relationship.  I have often thought that the following Shakespeare quotation aptly suits my Baubie: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Albeit a bit on the shorter side, my Baubie has always demonstrated remarkable strength.  Having lost her husband at a young age, my Baubie raised three children, including my wonderful mother, all on her own.  She took care of us as kids just about every Saturday for as long as I can remember.  She taught us how to tie our shoes, read to us, and took us on walks and little adventures around her neighbourhood. She always ensured that we left her house well-fed, made sure that we didn’t go outside with wet hair on those cold, winter days, and sent us home with a Dixie cup full of treats.  These are the little things that I know I, and my sisters, will always cherish.Snapseed All this to say, although it is difficult to watch our Baubie change and her Alzheimer’s disease progress, she has played a big part in my life and who I am today – that will never change.