Canadian soccer icon aims to lessen Alzheimer’s stigma by sharing his family’s story

Canadian soccer icon Bob Lenarduzzi was in the Okanagan Tuesday to talk about how his family dealt with the pain of Alzheimer’s.

The soccer legend watched Alzheimer’s take his father-in-law almost 10 years ago, and more recently, his own mother died after a diagnosis of dementia.

“The good days are good and they are few and far between,” Lenarduzzi told the crowd, recalling how during visits with his father-in-law, he tried to do things to make him laugh.

The Hall of Fame inductee and former Vancouver Whitecaps president said he was sharing his story at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. fundraising breakfast, in order to help raise awareness around the degenerative disease and “lessen the stigma.”

“Regardless of the magnitude of the dementia, you are a person and you want to be treated as a person,” Lenarduzzi said.

In a candid speech, Lenarduzzi shared with the crowd his family’s story and his personal experiences dealing with his family members’ diagnoses.

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