Meet Russ Buchanan
For Russ Buchanan, the Walk for Alzheimer’s is a way to give back.
“I’ve always done the Walk, because the Alzheimer Society has done so much for mother,” he said.
When his mother was first diagnosed with the disease more than a decade ago, Russ was her primary caregiver. Both mother and son came to the Alzheimer Society for help and guidance through a support group. The advice he found there was a big help.
“Mother went in one room and I went in another room, and it was good. I learned a lot from them,” Russ said.
After taking advantage of the Society’s services, he wanted to offer his support to the organization, so Russ began fundraising for the Walk. Each year he asks friends and family for donations and spreads the word at church.
The event itself is a meaningful time for Russ as well.
“The first year, I bawled my eyes out, walking around (during) the song Remember Me and all I could think about was ‘my mother isn’t going to remember who I am.’ Everybody says crying is good for you,” he said with a laugh.
And Russ wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the organization to a friend.
“If anybody has a family member that has Alzheimer’s or dementia, get a hold of the Alzheimer Society, because they help. You meet a lot of nice people, too.”
Russ Buchanan is a 67 year-old resident of Ingersoll.