Skate for Alzheimer's

Muskoka
Sat, Jan 29, 12:01 am - 7:26 pm

Every year, Steve McNeil skates for 19 hours and 26 minutes to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer Society as a tribute to his mother, who died of the disease. Steve is challenging YOU to do something that you love for 19 minutes and 26 seconds in support of those living with dementia.

Skate for Alzheimer's

Steve McNeil skates for 19 hours and 26 minutes to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Disease. He does it as a tribute to his mother, who died of the disease, and for all of the families and friends caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. McNeil’s mother, Eunice was born in 1926 thus the name of the skate.

McNeil, 60, is an Etobicoke mailman and recreational hockey referee. This is the 10th year he has been skating his marathons, however due to COVID-19 he will not be travelling across the country this year. Instead, he will skate in 10 locations throughout Ontario and Bracebridge is one of them! Steve will skate at Memorial Park Winter Village on Saturday, January 29.

Steve steps on the ice at 12:01 a.m. and will skate until 7:26 p.m. His mission is to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s and he encourages the public to join him on the ice for a short time. He is very happy to chat with and encourage other skaters.

The public can support Steve’s marathon skate by making a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka. All funds raised will support crucial programs and support services for families affected by dementia in Muskoka - Parry Sound. Donations can be made online at https://alzheimermuskoka.kindful.com/?campaign=1162593

“Covid-19 has been devastating for seniors and their families. More and more families are going to need the assistance that their local Alzheimer Society can provide. That’s why this fundraising skate is so important!” ~ Steve McNeil

In 2019 McNeil skated in the seven Canadian NHL cities and in 2020 he skated in 11 cities adding Saskatoon and the Maritimes. With COVID-19 lockdowns in 2021 his only marathon was at the Wayne Gretzky Estates rink in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The number of visitors was restricted, however NLH alumni Marcel Dionne and Brian Muir were in attendance.

An avid music fan, McNeil listens to AC/DC when he skates. In Calgary the son of former AC/DC band member, Chris Slade came to see him on the ice and the next morning AC/DC donated $19,260 to Alzheimer’s in memory of band member Malcolm Young, who died of Alzheimer’s in 2017.

He has skated in pouring rain, a blizzard and in 2019 it was cold:  Montreal -29C, Calgary -33C and Edmonton -40C. He says, however, his marathon skates are nothing compared to the time and effort caregivers devote to family members with the Alzheimer’s.

Steve is asking people to make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka. The funds raised through McNeil’s skate will help the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka continue to provide virtual social and recreational programming to those who need help most.

Visit 1926skate.com to learn more about Steve McNeil.

How can you get involved?

Memorial Park Winter Village
Memorial Park Winter Village, Bracebridge