Bloomington Cove's Walk-Run for Memories for Alzheimer's Society York Region began in 2010. Our goal was to initiate an innovative event to launch Long Term Care Week in Ontario. Due to our home being dedicated to caring for residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, this was the perfect link. Our focus was on increasing awareness of this disease and raising funds for medical research and community programs. Dr. Helena Jaczek, our MPP opened our Walk which was held on Stouffville Main Street. We had approximately 40 walkers.
Our 2nd Annual Walk was again held in the month of October on Stouffville Main Street, Along with our MPP, we also had the President of the Board of Directors and the CEO of Alzheimer's York Region open our event. For the most part, it was a carbon copy of the first year. Approximately 50 walkers participated.
In 2012 we decided to raise the bar. We were fortunate in having a volunteer, Kimberly Collins, to assume the role of a project manager. A planning committee was put in placed which included our managers, families and staff members. We set a goal of $25,000. How did we think we would go from $6,000 to $25,000? Well, we decided to include a run! After all, there are a lot of keen runners out there! We worked with the Running Room and the City of Stouffville. Participation increased, even with Hurricane Sandy joining our event.
In 2013, our 4th Annual Walk-Run for Memories, we decided to again raise the bar. We wanted to do something special for our runners. We hosted our event at Bruce's Mill Conservation Park. The day was perfect with over 150 participants. We rewarded our participants with a pancake breakfast.
In 2014, the event was rebranded as the Dash to Defeat Dementia with all proceeds directed to Alzheimer research. This year's event is expected to reach 500 participants and has strong support from York Region Emergency Services.
In the past 7 years, Bloomington Cove has raised $125,000. We are sincerely thankful to all of our participants.
Please join us in our wish to one day hear someone say
"I'm an Alzheimer Survivor"
Dash to Defeat Dementia - Research
Bloomington Cove's Walk-Run for Memories
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that destroys brain cells or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioural changes. It usually develops slowly and gradually gets worse as more brain cells are destroyed. Alzheimer's is fatal, and currently, there is no cure.
It is critical that Alzheimer's and related dementias research continue and accelerate. It is essential that we continue to focus on the science of the brain and changes that are associated with the disease in order to identify therapeutic targets to reverse, stop or cure the disease.
Identifying potential new drugs
Using neuroimaging techniques to distinguish different forms of dementia
Finding new strategies for earlier diagnosis
Conducting more large scale studies on prevention strategies