Walking for her father

Amy Graham (centre) will walk for her father this weekend. - Contributed photo
Amy Graham (centre) will walk for her father this weekend.
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Amy Graham walks each year to honour her father.

The Surrey resident lost her father, Kenneth Graham, when he was 36 to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) just two years after he was first diagnosed.

“I didn’t live with my dad full time – my parents split when I was two – but I remember everything being so different when I did get to see him. He was in a scooter and his hands were crippled. His speech was different,” Graham recalled.

Graham was nine years old when her father died, and the loss had a lasting impact on her, prompting her to volunteer with the ALS Society of B.C.

She is also the co-ordinator – and a regular participant – for the People’s Drug Mark Walk for ALS, set to take place June 14 at Bear Creek Park.

This year, registration for the walk takes place at 10 a.m. with the walk to follow at 11 a.m.

Graham hopes to see more than 300 people walking the park and helping raise the goal amount of $60,000.

Money raised for the event goes to patient services and ALS research to find the cause and cure.

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