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Key Alzheimer Society of B.C. fundraiser honours Sandie Braid in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:40 PDT, Tue May 7, 2024

Last Updated: 12:46 PDT, Mon May 13, 2024


Sandie Braid has been affected by dementia throughout several generations of her family, including her late grandparents, mother, and her recently diagnosed brother. 

“I live alone and have no children or other family members close by, and the prospect of being stricken by dementia at some point is not only daunting, but likely,” Braid said. “If this happens, having the Alzheimer Society of B.C. here will be a great help in finding the care I’ll need.” 

On Sunday, May 26, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s largest fundraiser will raise funds in Richmond for essential programs and services, ensuring caregivers and people living with dementia don’t face it alone. The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, presented by Go Auto, helps provide critical supports for people affected by dementia, while breaking down stigma surrounding the disease. 

Each of the events across B.C. is dedicated to an honouree - an individual or group affected by dementia, or someone who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease. This year, Braid is being honoured at t he Walk in Richmond for her contribution to the community and desire to help other people affected by dementia. 

“Every day we see firsthand how different resources we provide empower people to face the challenges of dementia and live well at different stages in the journey,” says Julia Savalli, support and education coordinator for Alzheimer Society of B.C. in Richmond. The walk is an opportunity for everyone to take part in providing essential support and feel the power of walking alongside neighbours and friends on the dementia journey.” 

Throughout her life, Braid has seen how dementia care has evolved and is hopeful her dedication to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. can continue to further the treatment of the disease. 

“I think it’s progressing and will continue to progress,’ Braid said, “But it needs to happen faster.” 

The Richmond IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, presented by Go Auto will take place at Hugh McRoberts Secondary School and South Arm Park. Registration is open at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. 

To help make a difference in the lives of people like Braid on the dementia journey in your community, visit

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