Meet Marion Piggott
Fundraising for the Walk for Alzheimer’s is a family effort in Marion Piggott’s world.
Since joining the Walk for the first time nearly 10 years ago, Marion has raised more than $5,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford.
But it’s not a burden for Marion. She’s able to source donations from many in her social circle – and sometimes from people she doesn’t even know.
“I just approach the people I know and at my church, I ask them. My kids, they all ask. My son is involved with horticulture and boy scouts, he’s really involved in that, so I give him the paper (and he returns with pledges),” she said.
“It’s not really like I do it all, it’s my family.”
Marion learned the value of the Alzheimer Society when her late husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
The couple benefitted from the volunteer companion program and occasionally took part in the support group.
One particular employee at the Society stands out for Marion. She fondly remembers Carolyn Andrassy, a former Family Support Worker. It was Andrassy’s kindness and compassion that encouraged Marion to make use of the Alzheimer Society’s services in the first place.
“That Carolyn Andrassy that was here, she was just like my angel.”
And Marion is dedicated to spreading the word about the Alzheimer Society, too. She feels confident that the donations she solicits are supporting a fantastic cause.“I like that the money stays in Oxford County, that’s the big thing,” Marion said. “That’s what I tell people, when I announce it at my church or my card group.”
Marion is 73 years old and participates in the Woodstock Walk for Alzheimer's.