Why I Walk – Jennifer Reynolds

My name is Jennifer Reynolds, and I walk for my community. My first Walk was in 1995, so this year will mark my 19th Walk to End Alzheimer’s! The Walk and Alzheimer’s are my passion. It is important to me that we keep Alzheimer’s in the forefront and have hope for the future.

I believe that knowledge and education are powerful, so I teach first responders the warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s so that they are better equipped to handle those they treat.

I am also personally connected to the cause. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I can remember her just rhyming for hours on end. She passed away in 1985.

It is such a sad, awful disease, but we have to be hopeful that one day, we will all wake up to a world without Alzheimer’s.
Everyone has a reason to Walk. Walk for the future. Walk for your children’s future. Everyone knows someone that is affected by Alzheimer’s. Start small if you have to. Just get involved and Walk!

To register your team, or to donate, please visit alz.org/walk

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula: September 20th
Register/donate at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_NorthernNeck

Fredericksburg: September 27th
Register/donate at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_Fredericksburg

Tri-Cities: October 18th
Register/donate at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_TriCities

Richmond: October 18th
Register/donate at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_GRVA

Papa John’s Supports RVA Walk to End Alzheimer’s

PapaJohnsFrom August 19th through August 26th, Papa John’s will donate 20% of your online order to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. When placing your online order, just use the code PJHELPS.

Please note: This code is ONLY good for the 18 Richmond-area Papa John’s locations.

Order online at http://order.papajohns.com/order.html

Order. Eat. Support. Together, we will Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Why I Walk – Anne Overington

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My name is Anne Overington, and I walk in honor of my mother, Annete Seidell. She was always the caregiver. Cooking, Gardening. Taking care of her family. I loved my Mom very much and not a day goes by that I don’t remember her.

I participated in my first Walk 6 years ago because I worked for a senior community. Looking back now, it’s clear that something was going on with my Mom at the same time, but we weren’t recognizing the symptoms. Sometimes the closer we are to it, the less we seem to recognize.

Mom passed away in March of 2013 at the age of 87. Her and my Dad had been married 63 years by then.

It is an honor to walk in my Mom’s memory. The Walk is such a special day. To be surrounded by other people that have been through a similar situation, the shared journey, the shared challenges.

I also walk for my community. I guarantee we all know someone, directly or indirectly, that is dealing with Alzheimer’s. We all need to stand up, support it, promote it and ultimately cure it!


Why I Walk – Susan Hudson


I walk in honor of my father-in-law, a brilliant man with an infectious sense of humor. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 81 back in 2003, I didn’t know much about the disease, so I got involved with the cause immediately and participated in my first Walk.

I now serve as the 2014 Richmond Walk Chair and the upcoming Walk will be my eleventh.

Watching my father-in-law progress through the disease was extremely tough. He kept his humor despite Alzheimer’s but you could see his frustration as he began to forget his family. The experience was unimaginable for all of us who knew him and cared about him.

He passed away in 2008, so now I walk in his memory. I also walk because it’s about time we change the course of this disease and find a cure. We are losing too many people.

I am asking all of you to take the time and learn about Alzheimer’s. Understand the statistics. Learn the signs. When you realize just how many people are currently affected, and how many more will be affected by Alzheimer’s over the coming years, you will feel compelled to get involved and change the future.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is truly an experience that touches your heart in multiple ways.

Register for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s near you!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula: September 20th
Register at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_NorthernNeck

Fredericksburg: September 27th
Register at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_Fredericksburg

Tri-Cities: October 18th
Register at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_TriCities

Richmond: October 18th
Register at http://bit.ly/ALZ_Walk_GRVA

Alzheimer’s Findings Seen as a Possible New Window to Understanding the Disease

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have discovered a possible new link between an abnormal protein in the brain and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a breakthrough that could open new avenues to understanding the disease and finding effective treatments.

Abnormal forms of the protein, which assists DNA in coding and building new proteins inside the cell, appear to increase the atrophy of regions of the brain important to memory. And it could be a trigger of some kind, perhaps independently initiating the onset of Alzheimer’s-related dementia when combined with two other proteins whose abnormalities have long been implicated in the disease.

These findings, and more, were presented during the recently concluded six-day Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, AAIC, in Copenhagen.

AAIC is the world’s largest conference of its kind, bringing together researchers from around the world to report and discuss groundbreaking research and information on the cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

To read more about the Mayo Clinic discovery, click here.

To see all the 2014 AAIC video highlights, click here.