For the third year in a row, 10-year-old Talia Yorish from Penticton is participating in the Climb for Alzheimer’s. This year is especially memorable, as she is running in honour of her late grandmother, Mariam. (Alzheimer Society of B.C.)

10-year-old from Penticton raising funds for dementia

Talia Yorish hopes to inspire others to raise funds for dementia, in the Climb for Alzheimer’s

Penticton residents can join 10-year-old Talia Yorish in raising funds for dementia, during the 2020 Climb for Alzheimer’s.

The young Penticton local is determined to make a difference, and this year is running in honour of her late grandmother, Mariam.

This year marks Yorish’s third time participating in the Climb for Alzheimer’s, a fundraising challenge which raises awareness and money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

What’s more, each year she has celebrated her birthday participating in the event. She considers it her own present to herself.

“I want to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles that families affected by dementia have to face and show that these challenges can be conquered too,” said Yorish.

She took on the challenge three years ago after witnessing how Lewy body dementia affected Mariam. Lewy body dementia brings with it similar symptoms to both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and often progresses rapidly.

She witnessed how quickly this affected her grandmother’s ability to perform basic tasks, and decided at that point to do what she could to help.

“It was hard to see her struggling in her care home. But I also had fun times playing balloon volleyball, bingo and singing with her and the other residents. My grandma was the funniest and she always made me laugh. She was always smiling and laughing until she left us and I’m thankful for all those memories,” said Yorish.

Last year, the youth raised $1,800, making her one of the top finishers in the province. This year, she hopes to beat this and raise $2,000.

In April, Mariam tragically died, so this year’s run has special significance for more than one reason.

The society explained that this year’s event, in response to physical distancing protocols, runs until September 21. Penticton residents can participate by hiking in their community.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. encourages locals to help contribute to their goal of 70,000 kilometres hiked across B.C., one kilometre for everyone living with dementia in the province.

Those who participate will be raising money for research, and to ensure those affected by dementia can access programs and services through the Society’s First Link dementia support.

The society encourages those hiking to adhere to current physical distancing recommendations.

For more information about the Climb for Alzheimer’s, visit climbforalzheimers.ca.

READ MORE: South Okanagan first in Interior Health to receive new health care support lines

READ MORE: Smoke from United States wildfires prompts air quality statement for Okanagan

@PentictonNews
editor@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Talia Yorish and her late grandmother, Mariam. (Alzheimer Society of B.C.)

Just Posted

BC Wildfire Services is planning a prescribed burn for several months for wildfire management near Naramata starting Nov. 2.
Planned burn near Naramata for wildfire management

Burn will start Nov. 2 and carry on until April 2021

Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Thanks for help clearing driveway

Ice would have been difficult for Summerland resident to clear alone

In 1907, Summerland’s first council consisted of five people, all elected by acclamation. In the top row from left are reeve J.M. Robinson, R.H. Agur and J.R. Brown. In the bottom row are J. C. Ritchie at left and C.J. Thomson. 
(Photos courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Summerland’s first council was elected by acclamation

Reeve and four councillors were elected in December, 1906

(Submitted)
Penticton apartment fire claims two lives

An apartment on Elm Avenue went up in flames Tuesday morning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Penticton resident Seamus Kirby, 30, was sentenced to 16 months behind bars for fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle this April. (Facebook)
Prolific offender back behind bars

Seamus Kirby, 30, has a long history of crime in the Okanagan

Cameron James is celebrating the recent release of his second single, Voodoo. He is pictured in downtown Kelowna, his hometown. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Kelowna hip-hop artist makes waves on the West Coast

Artist Cameron James and filmmaker Jordan Powers proof talent doesnt stop at west coast

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

A yellow 2011 Can Am Commander XT was stolen from a driveway in Parker Cove Oct. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
Licence plates and several ATV’s stolen in North Okanagan

RCMP said none of the property has been recovered

A structure fire was reported in Eagle Rock Mobile Home Park in Armstrong Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Contributed)
UPDATE: Home destroyed in North Okanagan mobile home park fire

Large structure fire broke out at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27

The duffel bags were found to contain 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000. Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
2 men accused of fleeing border agents near U.S.-B.C. border with $2M in drugs

Cocaine and methamphetamine seized by U.S. law enforcement in remote Idaho area near Canadian border

Pixabay photo
‘Horrific’ abuse of volunteers, staff by parents must stop: Chilliwack soccer club

Parents have become abusive after being told COVID-19 rules, email says

Most Read