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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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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. 

Ann has been a wonderful help with Memory Ball 2013. In addition to bringing 20+ people to the event, Ann has successfully helped secure many of the amazing prizes you will see in our silent auction and raffle on Saturday night. We sincerely thank Ann for all her help so far, and look forward to partnering again with her next year. Thanks also to all those who are attending in memory of Ann's father, we hope this event will be a wonderful way to remember him. - Lauren Hopkinson, Memory Ball Sponsorship and Silent Auction Director. Follow Lauren on Twitter @ElleHopp. Ann is currently a Managing Partner at Earls King Street.  She grew up in Sudbury and went to school in North Bay before moving to Winnipeg to pursue a journalism career.  After working in Journalism, she decided that journalism wasn’t for her and transitioned to the restaurant business. Ann's family has a long history of early-onset Alzheimer's disease on her father's side of the family. Her father was diagnosed in 2010 with early on-set at the age of 66. [caption id="attachment_1518" align="alignnone" width="600"]Ann laughing with brother (Right) and father (centre) Ann laughing with brother (Right) and father (centre)[/caption]