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Walking towards a better future

When 71-year-old Dave Goble of Aylmer was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago, he said he did what most people would do: he took a deep breath and asked “why me?” Dave and his wife Rosemary were two of the participants taking part in the Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories Jan. 18. The annual walk, held at Parkside Collegiate Institute, raises funds to support the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas. After Dave was told he had Alzheimer’s, a specialist laid things out for him. There is no cure, but there are medications, and the disease affects everyone differently. “I joined the Alzheimer’s group in St. Thomas. That little group has been fantastic. I met some people who are walking the same journey I am,” said Dave. This was Dave’s second year participating in Walk for Memories. The Alzheimer Society has

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PORT STANLEY SKATERS AWARDED: Port Stanley skaters earned bronze, silver and gold medals at the Skate Canada, Western Ontario Section Charles Dover Memorial Invitational competition held in Grimsby Jan. 4-5. Competitors Riley Palmer (left) skating in Pre-Preliminary Women WO Restricted Level won a bronze medal, Ella DeMille (middle) who skates Level 2 Women WO Development Program earned a silver medal and Elise Eitel (right) competing at the Pre-Preliminary Women WO Restricted Level received the gold medal.

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Dave and Rosemary Goble get ready to participate in the annual Walk for Memories at Parkside Collegiate Institute on Jan. 18. The couple were the fifth highest in terms of individual fundraising that day.

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been there for him, and he wanted to give back. “I’m gradually slipping, but I expect that. I can live with that. As far as talking to people about Alzheimer’s, I can do that,” Dave said. “There’re people who are way worse off than I am.” At the end of the walk, Dave and Rosemary were the among the top five local fundraisers. “The Cancer Society is so wellknown, but the Alzheimer’s Society isn’t. (The walk) is a real positive step to get known,” said Rosemary. “I think there’s always been a stigma with something that’s affecting your mind. It’s so important we get the name out there and make the people aware.” Each year, the local walk attracts more than 70 people who take part. Since 2008, more than $132,334 has been raised by the local Walk for Memories, with $22,000 of that just from last year. January is Alzheimer Awareness month.

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