Climb for Alzheimer's fundraising spotlight: Michael Buchan

Michael, Will, Trevor and Brent Buchan at the Climb for Alzheimer's
Michael Buchan (left) with his grandfather Bill, brother Trevor, and father Brent at the Climb for Alzheimer’s in 2016.

“Anything I can do to help people dealing with dementia to get the support they need is a positive thing,” says Michael Buchan, who is fundraising for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s upcoming Climb for Alzheimer’s in September.

Michael was inspired to get involved with the Climb because of his grandfather Bill, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “My grandpa struggles to remember and feels uncomfortable in different situations, so he’s less outgoing and social now,” says Michael. Because of the changes they experienced as his grandfather’s disease progressed, Michael’s family connected to the Society to receive support and learn more about dementia. “It can be challenging, but I think I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with it.”

The Climb for Alzheimer’s is a fun, invigorating hike up the Grouse Grind® – but it’s also an opportunity to help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. achieve its vision of a truly dementia-friendly society – where people living with the disease, their caregivers and their families are acknowledged, welcomed and included. Funds raised go towards support, education and advocacy for families on the dementia journey, and to enable research that will advance knowledge of the disease.

In 2016, Michael was the Climb’s top male fundraiser. “To be honest, my number one fundraising tip would be to just get out there and talk to people,” he says. “I was blown away by the response I received purely from sitting down and talking to people face-to-face.” Michael talked to family, friends and colleagues, and almost everyone had a connection to dementia and was more than willing to donate something to the cause. “And many of them wanted to participate and fundraise themselves.”

People living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias face an uphill journey every day; passionate supporters like Michael are going up the mountain to show that they don’t need to make the dementia journey alone. Participants can make the Climb or take the Summit Stroll. Who will you climb for? Register and fundraise today.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017