Walking for Margaret

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In our last edition of InTouch in April, we shared a story about a friendship between 11-year-old Aidan Walpole and 94-year-old Margaret Kemp. A bond developed over a fundraising goal of $500 for Richview Manor’s Strides for Stroke event in May 2015. They surpassed their goal, raising $4,800 for Mackenzie Health and earning Aidan the top fundraiser prize for his age category.

It is with a heavy heart that Mackenzie Health Foundation shares that our friend, Margaret, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 17 at the age of 95. In memory of a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, Margaret’s family participated in the 11th annual event May 7.

Even in the wake of Margaret’s passing, her and Aidan’s prizewinning friendship still shines. He pledged to walk for Margaret this year and, in her obituary, her family asked the community to support Aidan’s fundraising efforts. He raised an incredible $8,012 and, once again, claimed the top individual fundraising title.

“I would have never been able to reach my goal without the support of Margaret, her family and friends who donated to me in memory of Margaret,” he says. “I find it even more rewarding knowing that I made a difference.”

Margaret’s daughter, Nancy, says it was only natural that her family wanted to take part in the event, which occurred just three weeks after her mother’s passing. “I know mom was happy to support Aidan and his fundraising efforts for the community. She would be even happier to know that he exceeded his goal by so much,” Nancy says.

Some of Margaret Kemp’s family members joined Aidan Walpole at Strides for Stroke 2016