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Crowd walks for good 'memories'

Alzheimer Walk for Memories honorees Randy Bysouth and Diana Francis cut the ribbon for the Langley-Aldergrove-Abbotsford event, Sunday, Jan. 26 at Aldergrove Athletic Park. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
Alzheimer Walk for Memories honorees Randy Bysouth and Diana Francis cut the ribbon for the Langley-Aldergrove-Abbotsford event, Sunday, Jan. 26 at Aldergrove Athletic Park.
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Excellent weather contributed to a healthy turnout for the Langley-Aldergrove-Abbotsford Investors Group Walk for Memories on Sunday.

The walk took place at Aldergrove Athletic Park and Rotary Field House from noon to 3 p.m.

Thousands of people came out to the Investors Group Walk for Memories in 23 communities across the province. By walking and collecting pledges, participants helped ensure that Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services are available for more than 70,000 people in British Columbia who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Each of the Walks was dedicated to an Honoree – a person who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The local Investors Group Walk for Memories was dedicated to Randy Bysouth and Diana Frances.

Randy Bysouth and Diana Frances have three children together. They moved their family from Coquitlam to Surrey in 2009 to be closer to Randy’s parents.

In 2008, Randy’s mother, Helen, was diagnosed with Lewy Body type of dementia and she now lives at the Zion Park Manor in Cloverdale.

The couple are care-giving for Randy’s mother and for their friend, Bee Farquhar, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

They began their association with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. several years ago by attending a Caregiver Support Group. They both say they have learned a lot about dementia at the support groups and have been very involved in Alzheimer Society of B.C. events.

Randy has recently participated in several society events to advocate on behalf of other families whose lives are impacted by dementia.

Randy says the Support Groups helped him and Diana develop patience and understanding while care-giving for his mother and their friend Bee.

“Because of the discussions with the support group, we learned new ways of communicating,” adds Randy.

The top fundraisers for the Langley-Aldergrove-Abbotsford event were: Pauline Buck $1,600.00, 27 sponsors; Terrence Metcalfe $1,150.00, 23 sponsors; Gus Hartl $1,110.00, 16 sponsors; Annette Durante $820.00, 13 sponsors; and Karen Long $799.40, 14 sponsors.

The top teams for the Langley-Aldergrove-Abbotsford event were: Team Dave, captain Serena Hartl, $3,207.00, 44 sponsors; Abbotsford Forget-Me-Nots, captain Brenda Jensen, $1,527.31, 15 sponsors; Memory Joggers, captains Randy Bysouth and Diana Frances, $1,420.00, 10 sponsors; Live The Moment, captain Christina Strong, $1,203.00, 12 sponsors; and Marge's Team, captain Karen Long, $884.40, 18 sponsors.

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