Last night I had the honour and privilege to speak at the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s Annual Fundraiser in Lethbridge, Alberta. I’m truly grateful to have had the opportunity to share my experiences and memories of my Grandma and how she inspired the painting “In This Moment” which I donated to this event to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers research. Read more about it HERE.
It amazes me how art has the power to spark emotion and ignite conversation. The highlight of the evening was connecting with other guests and hearing their stories and experiences with loved ones with Alzheimer’s. It is a heart breaking disease that carries a lot of stigma and shame. It’s wonderful to see so many people uniting together in support.
It is because of events like these that allow The Alzheimer’s Society, a non-profit organization, to fund research, spread awareness and offer community support programs to those who desperately need it.
My Grandma is and always will be one of the most important women in my life – someone to be admired and respected. She is strong, smart and funnier than most comedians. She is a WWII veteran of the British Army. She raised 5 wild and crazy kids (including my Dad) as a young widow. She is the sweetest and most loving Grandma that I could have ever wished for. You inspire me and I am forever grateful to have you in my life ♥
Fun fact: My Grandma was the one who gave me my first set of oil paints at the age of 9 and thus began my life long passion for painting.
The final numbers have yet to come in but to date, this painting has raised over $2500! Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The winner of the draw will be announced shortly!
“In This Moment” 24″×36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
About Alzheimer’s disease:
Today, 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with this number expected to increase to 1.4 million in less than 20 years. Although Canada’s aging demographic will continue to fuel these numbers, increasingly people in their 40s and 50s are also being affected. Growing evidence also shows that brain changes resulting in dementia can begin 25 years before symptoms appear. About the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories The Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT is working to change the face of dementia in Alberta and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Society educates supports and advocates for those with dementia and their care partners and promotes research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this debilitating disease. Until a cure is found, we are here to help.
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