|Members of event honouree Audrey Jackson's family, from left, daughter Cat, husband Bob, daughter Jacqueline and son Norm were among some 70 participants in the Investors Group Walk for Memories at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre on Sunday. The annual Penticton walk raised $25,500 for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.|
More than 70 people turned out for Sunday's fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and generated about $25,500 in donations. The turnout included members of Jackson's family - husband Bob and children Norm, Jacqueline and Cat - chosen as the honorees for this year's event.
Audrey Jackson passed away at age 78 on Jan. 27, 2010 - exactly three years prior to Sunday's walk. When first diagnosed with the disease, Audrey joined the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s Penticton early stage support group and soon became a valued member. She was always willing to share her challenges as well as lend support to others in the group.
Son Norm Jackson said the family was very proud to be named in conjunction with this year's walk. He said Alzheimer's is tough on everyone involved.
"To see such a vibrant person taken by this insidious disease - and how difficult it was for my father who became the primary caregiver," Norm said. "It was very, very difficult for the family."
Jacqueline described her mom as a "giving, selfless person" who was became an active member in many community groups and activities after she and Bob moved to Penticton in 1966.
Jacqueline said noted the disease progresses quite slowly.
"It was very gradual. Although Dad saw her through the worst of it, I was in a local drug store yesterday and someone commented: 'I didn't even know your Mom had it.' She was just outwardly able to project the best she could," Jacqueline said.
Cat noted Audrey was still able to recognize all the family members up until she passed away, which was very important to her.
Norm usually acts as emcee for the Alzheimer Walk in Duncan, B.C., while Cat serves as a volunteer with the local Alzheimer Society branch.
Laurie Myres, co-ordinator of the Penticton walk, said she is delighted by Sunday's turnout and fundraising total - both well above last year.
Donations can still be dropped off at the Alzheimer resource centre at 104-35 Westminster Ave. East, directly across from Guerard's Furniture. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.