Testimonial from Mrs Lindsay Fitzpatrick, honorary co-president of the Walk for Alzheimer’s in the Gaspé sector

It is with great pleasure and humility that I have accepted the invitation to be co-president for The Alzheimer’s Society of the Gaspésie/Îles-de-la-Madeleine point of service in Gaspé.

When a loved one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s it can be overwhelming.  This life-changing event has a ripple effect and impacts those suffering with it, their caregivers and their family.  Personally, the resilience, strength and compassion I have witnessed within my own family while facing this disease is remarkable.  A lot of you have family, close friends or know someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

The confirmation that a love one has this disease is very emotional and can bring about feelings of denial, anger, resentment or embarassment.  However, it is essential to react to this situation while keeping in mind the well-being of all impacted.

The Alzheimer’s Society of the Gaspésie/Îles-de-la-Madeleine is there to help.  Their mission is to be a support system to the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other neurocognitive disorders, their family and caregivers.  More and more people in our community are battling this disease and we need to put an end to any fear, embarrassment or misinformation that may prevent people from seeking and accepting the help they need.

There are a multitude of much needed services available from The Alzheimer’s Society of the Gaspésie/Îles-de-la-Madeleine.  To fund these services the society has been organizing for the last 15 years the “Walk for Alzheimer’s”, which is the largest source of funding for the services offered in our region.

I strongly encourage you to become an Elite walker and make a commitment.  The goal is to collect a minimum of $ 200 in donations from your community, family or friends from now until September.  My hope is that you take on this challenge and spread awareness about the services offered by The Alzheimer’s Society of the Gaspésie/Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Lindsay Fitzpatrick

Honorary co-president of the Walk for Alzheimer’s in the Gaspé sector