Bob Lenarduzzi to speak at upcoming fundraising event
Bob Lenarduzzi, president of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, is among speakers at Victoria’s Breakfast to Remember, presented by Trillium Boutique Senior Living, a breakfast in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Bob’s career was built on a foundation of physical prowess and determination, but the challenges brought on by two diagnoses of dementia in his family within a short period of time required emotional strength to navigate. Bob will share his story on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 7-9 a.m. at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria.
Bob’s father-in-law, Denny Veitch, was at the helm of the B.C. Lions in the late 1960s before becoming Vancouver Whitecaps’ general manager in the ‘70s. He died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. Shortly before Denny’s death, Bob’s mother Clelia Lenarduzzi, with whom Bob’s wife Deanne Veitch had been very close, was diagnosed with dementia. Clelia died in 2014.
“Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias impact so many families and I have always felt it is important to share my personal experiences to help raise awareness for the disease and the work of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.,” Bob says.
Because he had seen the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in his father-in-law, Bob knew what to expect during his mother’s journey with dementia. In addition to accepting the diagnoses, Bob knew he needed to understand dementia and take certain actions for his family members.
“Nobody likes to talk about dementia, but we have to,” Bob says. “A lot of families are going through what we went through and while we can’t change the diagnosis, we hope we can change how B.C. families experience the dementia journey.”
In 2017 Breakfast to Remember events in Vancouver and Victoria generated more than $212,000 for vital programs and services, advocacy and research to find a cure. Full details and ticket sales can be found here.