In mem­ory of her dad

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

AN Ellenbrook res­i­dent will take part in the Alzheimer’s WA Walk to Re­mem­ber this Sun­day to hon­our those who have been lost to the dis­ease.

Daniela DeSouza’s fa­ther died in June af­ter eight years of liv­ing with Alzheimer’s.

She said watch­ing him de­te­ri­o­rate over that time was dev­as­tat­ing and she wanted to en­sure other fam­i­lies wouldn’t have the same ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It af­fected my fam­ily emo­tion­ally and so­cially, watch­ing the per­son we loved slowly de­te­ri­o­rate over time,” she said.

“To lose Dad in June this year in­spired me to walk and raise funds for Alzheimer’s WA and fam­i­lies go­ing through de­men­tia with loved ones,” she said.

Ms DeSouza said her ex­pe­ri­ence with Alzheimer’s WA had also made her want to take part.

She said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had helped pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and sup­port on how to care for her fa­ther and how to adapt the home en­vi­ron­ment for the safety of both her par­ents.

“De­men­tia af­fects so many fam­i­lies in WA and the funds raised en­ables Alzheimer’s WA to work closer with those who live with de­men­tia and sup­port their car­ers and fam­i­lies through­out the dif­fi­cult time,” she said.

Alzheimer’s WA is aim­ing to raise $100,000 this year.

Ms DeSouza said it was amaz­ing to walk along­side so many peo­ple, all with a com­mon goal.

“I want to raise money and aware­ness so other fam­i­lies have more knowl­edge on the dis­ease and hope­fully one day a cure,” she said. “(My fa­ther) touched so many hearts through­out his life and I think it’s amaz­ing that we are com­ing to­gether to re­mem­ber Dad.”

The Walk to Re­mem­ber will take place this Sun­day at Perry Lakes Re­serve from 7.30am.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d475388

Daniela DeSouza will take part in the Walk to Re­mem­ber.

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