Meet Wayne Brett

Wayne Brett

When Wayne Brett started doing the Walk for Alzheimer’s about seven years ago, he marched on his own.
 
Now, it’s a family affair.
 
Wayne’s mom, brothers and sisters all walk alongside him – they’ve come to realize just how many people need help from the Alzheimer Society.
 
Getting more people walking and raising money for Alzheimer’s is a priority for Wayne.
 
“I see there’s a lot of people that need help. It just seems to be getting worse and worse. So you know, more people are going to be needing help, so the Alzheimer Society is going to need more walkers to help.”
 
Wayne worries that one day, he might need to turn to the Alzheimer Society for help. His dad and two grandparents lived with Alzheimer’s.
 
Wayne’s dad was diagnosed in his mid-60s, and a decade later, he no longer recognized his loved ones. Wayne would go to visit, and his dad would confuse him with an old truck driving buddy. He’d ask where he was hauling.
 
It was a stark change to see in a man who always put his family above all else.
 
“He was a really good dude … family was first and he was second,” Wayne says.
 
Wayne has fond memories of going on family trips. His dad liked to travel, and wherever he went, the family did too.
 
Wayne’s mom took care of his dad at home for as long as she could after his diagnosis, with help from the Alzheimer Society. He died of a heart attack about three weeks after moving to a care facility.
 
Wayne has been open with people about how Alzheimer’s affected his father. His co-workers have heard his stories, and they’re always eager to help out when he’s fundraising for the Walk.
 
Wayne also wants people to know about the great services the Alzheimer Society offers, such as programs that help those in the early stages of the disease work to strengthen their brains.
 
“Once you get Alzheimer’s, it helps you to keep stronger for a little bit longer,” he says.
 
Wayne plans to keep fundraising for the Walk as long as he can – and he hopes others will join him.
 
“I enjoy collecting this money for people. I see where the money has to go … the more people that can get involved, it makes it easier for everybody.”
 
Wayne is 62 and lives in Woodstock.

Last Updated: 01/11/2018