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Seven Lower Mainland Climbers Ascend Highest Peak in Western Hemisphere to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - Seven Lower Mainland climbing and hiking
enthusiasts will ascend Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina, Dec. 28, 2004 to Jan. 15,
2005 in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer Society of
    "All members of the team have climbed Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro over the
course of the past few years as part of the annual 'Ascent for Alzheimer's'
event," said Sandy Riley, Volunteer Past President, Alzheimer Society of BC.
"This year we decided, as part of our own efforts, to climb an even more
challenging mountain and increase the amount of money we hope to raise."
    Three men and four women comprise the 2005 Climb for Memories Team that
will climb 22,800 feet to the top of the highest point in the Western
hemisphere and one of the world's "seven summits". Pledges raised by the team
will be used to support the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s First Link Program,
which provides a connection to a community of information, services and
support to those recently diagnosed with the disease and their families.
    With the help of guides from INKA Expediciones, the team expects to reach
the summit on Jan. 9 or 10, 2005.

    About the Team
    Hubert Allaire, Nicole Bertrand, Sandy Riley, Dale Rondeau, Suzanne
Rutherford, Michael Rutherford and Cheryl Smyth, have all previously climbed
Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of Ascent for Alzheimer's. While all are outdoor
enthusiasts, many have a personal connection to Alzheimer's.
    All participants have committed to pay for their own airfare, equipment,
accommodation, permits and guiding expenses involved with the climb. All
donations received will go directly to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Donations
may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 300 - 828 West 8th
Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2, 604-681-6530.

    About Alzheimer's
    Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive,
degenerative disease. Its symptoms include loss of memory, judgment and
reasoning, as well as changes in mood and behaviour and can be devastating to
the previously healthy, alert and intelligent individuals and families it
afflicts. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is a vital resource in connecting
families to valuable information, group support and community services.

For further information: about the "Climb for Memories", please call
Nicole Bertrand at (604) 665-4034 or email nicole.bertrand@rbc.com. For
information on the Alzheimer Society of B.C., please go to

"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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