Walk to End Alzheimer’s Fundraising Events

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Fundraising Events:

Saturday, September 10th; 10am-3pm
Car Wash Fundraiser at Splash-n-Dash; 9940 Mayland Drive in Richmond

Brookdale & Splash-N-Dash Carwash & Detailing are partnering up for a car wash to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

Brookdale Employees from Brookdale Imperial Plaza, Brookdale Gayton Terrace, Brookdale Richmond West, and Brookdale Midlothian will be volunteering their time to wash windows and dry cars for tips. All of these tips will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond.

Splash-n-Dash will donate a minimum of 10% of all sales on September 10th to ALZ and customers can increase the percentage to 20% simply by entering ALZ’s Community Partner Code at the auto sentry pay kiosks. The funds raised will be added to the Brookdale “Tips for ALZ”.

 

Saturday, September 10th; 2-5pm
Blue & BBQ Fundraiser at Wilderness Community Church; 10501 Plank Road in Spotsylvania

Music by: Fredericksburg Blues Society, The Handsome Coyotes, Dave Nichols, Dear John Band, Bruce Middle, Steve Alston, Paradox Plus. A $10.00 Love Offering is appreciated.

 

Sunday, September 11th – Thursday, September 15th
Dining for Dollars at Glory Days Grill; 10466 Ridgefield Parkway in Henrico

From September 11th through September 15th, Glory Days Grill will donate 10% of the food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased to the Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

At the end of your meal, ask for a copy of your itemized guest check (NOTE: not the charge card receipt). Then mail this check to: Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, VA 23060, ATTN: Jeff Baldwin. We will then submit your receipts to Glory Days and they will make the donation.

 

Thursday, September 15th; 11:30am-1:30pm
Food Truck Fundraiser at Genworth; 6620 W. Broad Street in Richmond

Portion of proceeds from Shamsuki and River City Wood Fire food trucks will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

 

Thursday, September 15th; 5-8pm
Fundraiser at The Veil Brewing Company; 1301 Roseneath Road in Richmond

The Veil Brewing Co. will donate 15% of beer sales between 5pm-8pm to the Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

 

Saturday, September 17th; 4:30-6:30pm
Blank Canvas Nite at Studio D Yoga; 1811 Huguenot Road in Midlothian

A portion of the $45 fee will be donated to #ENDALZ.  Contact doveydw@aol.com for more information.

 

Saturday, September 17th; 7-10pm
Art Party Fundraiser at Side Street Gallery; 127 Pickwick Ave. in Colonial Heights

The cost is $35 and includes all supplies and materials, wine and snacks for the evening. $30 will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Space is limited to 25 people. RSVP by calling 804.536.0011.

 

Thursday, September 22nd; 4-10pm
Fundraiser at SweetFrog; 210 England Street in Ashland

Mention that you are there to support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and a portion of your transaction will be donated.

 

Saturday, September 24th; 11am-1pm
Bowling for a Cure at Splitsville Lanes; 51 Towne Center Blvd in Fredericksburg

Tickets are $20 each cover unlimited bowling & shoe rental. Food will be available at an additional charge with a portion of the proceeds for food sales being donated as well. Contact Lara at 540.371.4563 or Andrew at 540.376.3131 to buy tickets.

 

Monday, September 26th; 11am-9pm
Cause an Effect Fundraiser; Any Richmond or Fredericksburg Chipotle

Tell the cashier you are there to support the Alzheimer’s Association and 50% of your purchase will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

 

Thursday, September 29th; 11:30am-1:30pm
Food Truck Fundraiser at Genworth; 6620 W. Broad Street in Richmond

Portion of proceeds from Opa and Four Brothers Bistro Burger will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

 

Saturday, October 1st; 10am-2pm
Kids Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s at Walter Reed Convalescent; 7602 Meredith Drive in Gloucester Courthouse
$10 per person / $15 per family; Proceeds will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  For more information, please contact Julie P. Boothe at 804.693.6503 or jboothe@vahs.com

Thursday, October 20th; 3-9pm
Fundraiser at SweetFrog; 210 England Street in Ashland

Mention that you are there to support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and a portion of your transaction will be donated.

 

Thursday, November 1st; 3-9pm
Fundraiser at SweetFrog; 210 England Street in Ashland

Mention that you are there to support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and a portion of your transaction will be donated.

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2o16 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sponsor Opportunities

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Local sponsors of Walk to End Alzheimer’s have a unique opportunity to impact the success of the event while displaying commitment to the local community. At the Alzheimer’s Association, we take pride in offering mutually beneficial sponsorship packages that offer a wide range of rewards for participating companies and organizations. Sponsors are encouraged to take their commitment one step further by organizing a team to walk and raise awareness.

To learn more about the opportunities available for our three Walks, please visit:

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2015 Grand Champions and Champions

Middle Peninsula – Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer’s Grand Champions

Heidi Bristow
Nelson Clark
Jacqueline Jones
Kristi Newman
Michele Stump
Donald Talbott
Christy Talbott

Middle Peninsula – Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions

Maritza Cooper
Lydia Fuller
Nancy Hazzard
Beatrice Johnson
Amy Lewis
Marjorie Mitchell
Jessica Showers
Kyle Talbott
Suzanne Turner
Jonathan Tustin and Carolyn Hughes

Fredericksburg Walk to End Alzheimer’s Grand Champions

Angela Altizer
Kelly Bassler
Cindi Bowen
Anne Boyles
Barb Cole
Jeanine Denno
Melanie Fenwick
Michelle Gomez
Jane Johnson
Hannah McDonald
Mark Mead
Jeff Perry
Danielle Powell
Edward Ronckovitz
Laura Rutledge
Terry Ryan

Fredericksburg Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions

Diana Bright
Angela Davis
Roberta Dezeeuw
Cheryl Erndle
George Hall
Kristin Lawrence
Cheryl Marshall
Jennifer McLaughlin
Jennifer Muse
Phillip Nicholson
Marqessa Njie
Anne Overington
Ruthi Pietras
Sarah Resnick
Judy Scheibe
Kimberly Sullivan
Theresa Wanex
Mackenzie Wanex

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Grand Champions

Susan Hudson
Stephanie Alegria
Jennifer Allen
Farah Allen
Nancy Anderson
John M. Anderson Construction
Ralph Andrews
Jeff Baldwin
William Cabaniss
Ruth D’Alessandro
Gail Duncan
Lee Edwards
Afton Edwards
Elena Edwards
Thresa Felix
Brad Fleenor
Jami Flemmons
Koren Flint
Amanda Griffith
Katie Hamann
Cindy Hamlin
Stephanie Hobbs
Teedie Johnson
Deborah Jones
Brad Kiscaden
Marie Kolendo
Diane Logan
Richard Long
Chris Maher
Andrea McCauley
Megan McManus
Alicia Miller
Christine Nicholson Ward
Pam Overbey
Peter Polignone
Stefanie Powell
Ryan Redd
Crystal Rollins
Selena Sanderson
Kirsten Schlegel
Buck Stinson
Shelbi Tabler
Kendra Tribble
Elizabeth Watson
Karen and Bill Whitworth
Carrie Williamson
Mary Wooten
Andrea Yoak

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions

Tracy Carr
Jeaninne Baumann
Annie Alexander
Stephanie Anderson
Lora Anderson
Kaitlyn Baumann
Chris Blaum
Janet Campbell
Teresa Catlin
Paige Chargois
Barbara Cole
David Darden
Tina DiBello
Cathy Driggers
James Duke
Wanda Fauth
Nancy Feldman
Marcia Finsterwald
Allyson Foor
David Garrett
Melissa Hagerman
Kathryn Hallett
Lynn Hancock
Sue Henneberry
Denise Holt
Natasha Howard
Micah Hunt
Wanda Hunt
Mary Johnson
Shannon Jones
Billie Leonard
MaryAnn Lowenstein
Christy Lyons
Brenda Macrae
Lydia Maddox
Ashleigh Moody
Cassandra Naville
Peggy Nieder
Sherry Peterson
Sally Raderer
Mary Beth Rawls
Sarah Reiske
Allison Rothschild
Thomas Rowe
Kendra Rudman
Kelly Shumate
Wilma Smith
Laurie Snyder
Tracy Stauffer
Rich Thomas
Mary Tomes
Sherry Tucker
Lauri Walker
Erin Walsh
Brittany Walton
Amanda Walton
Jean Wightman
Aidan Williams
Lori Wimer
Julia Yates

 

 

 

Why I Walk – Heidi Bristow

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My name is Heidi Bristow and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Memory of my dad, Ellsworth German, and my grandfather, Christian German.

Unfortunately Alzheimer’s has taken its toll on my family since 1983 about the time that Alzheimer’s awareness began to finally take shape in our country. My Grandfather was diagnosed in late 1983 with this disease along with ALS…yes double trouble. With these two serious diseases working against him his life was cut short in August of 1984. Watching this decline in my grandfather in my late teenage years was very traumatic especially when he was unable to recognize me. Being an only grandchild, he spoiled me rotten and he was truly my hero. Loosing him even before his death hurt deeply and I had hoped to never face that disease again.

Years later in 2009 about 10 years after my mother had passed away from heart disease I noticed some very disturbing symptoms begin to appear in my father that were all to familiar to some seen in my grandfather. Not something anyone wants to hear but being an only child the news was even more devastating. Finally after much persuading I talked my dad into seeing a neurologist and yes the diagnosis was as suspected…early stages of Alzheimer’s. My heart sunk into my chest…oh no not again.

Luckily my dad was still able to live at home, travel and be very self-sufficient much longer then I had thought. He was one good spirited and highly independent man that was not going to let this disease get the best of him. However in 2014 we noticed other complications were beginning to appear in him that now indicated he also had Parkinson’s disease. Yes…double trouble once more.

From that time on my dad experienced a much more rapid decline in his health both physically and mentally. At this point I knew that it would not be long before my dad would require 24/7 skilled care so my search for the best facility possible in our area began. By April of 2015 we knew the time was close to when dad would need to move from his home into a long term care facility. I had selected Heron Cove a Riverside Facility in Gloucester, VA. But how do I tell him this? He will be heart broken and as usual angry with me. As most caregivers know they like to lash out at the ones closest to them. This was probably the hardest part for me in dad’s decline until of course he no longer recognized me, my husband or his wonderful grandsons (in their early 20’s). His decline was very hard on the boys but the importance of visiting with him no matter how hard it was could not be stressed enough.

Late in May my dad’s ability to eat solid foods was greatly effected by the Parkinson’s disease complicated by Alzheimer’s and this required a hospital admission. Definitely not what I would have planned but it proved to be a blessing in disguise. Mainly because the news that he was no longer able to go home came from his doctor not from me. Praise the Lord!!!! Luckily I had made some preliminary arrangements with Heron Cove and dad’s transition from the hospital to there went extremely well. I cannot stress enough to families dealing with this illness to pre-plan for long term care. You never know when something sudden like my dad’s hospital admission could be a game changer and you are left to settle for some place you may not want versus already having planned ahead and selected a place for them. My pre-planning although very difficult at the time had truly paid off.

The first 3 weeks dad was at Heron Cove he was pretty stable and was able to be taken around the facility and out in the garden by wheelchair and enjoy meals in the dining room with the other residents. Having a very strict soft food diet he was not very pleased however he never turned down this bowl of vanilla ice cream at each meal, even breakfast. I loved to tease him that I wanted to be on his ice cream diet, which sounded good to me. Those 3 weeks were filled with visits from many friends and family members, even our little dog Buster came to visit a time or two. On my daily visits we reminisced about earlier times, listened to music and looked over old photo albums, anything to make him smile was my goal.

However much to my surprise on June 30th I received a call from his nurse that turned my world upside down. I was told to gather our family and come to Heron Cove. She felt my dad’s time was short and she wanted me and my family to have as much time with him as possible. This was just such a shock for me…I knew he was worse but to loose him already was so unexpected. We all gathered that evening and spent quality time with him and he responded to each of us even by name…yes by name.

The following morning I was called to Heron Cove bright and early to find that dad was now bed ridden and very unresponsive. The end was near and my heart was breaking. I kept vigil by his bedside with other family and friends until he went to his heavenly home on July 2, 2015. It was a peaceful passing and I know dad has been made new again.

So that is why I walk….in the memory of my grandfather and now my dad. We MUST fight to find a cure for this horrible disease that is taking so many of our loved ones. I worry about myself and my children with this disease being so prominent in our family. It’s not too late for us…WE MUST FIND A CURE, and that is why I walk and I know he will be walking beside me every step of the way.

Register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015

Why I Walk – Sydney Cameron

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My name is Sydney Cameron and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s for my granny.

Some of my earliest memories of my grandmother (when I was around 6 years-old) are when she would travel from her home in Chicago to visit our home in Dallas. She would always sleep with me in my room. My parents even bought me a queen-sized bed so we could share it together.

She would always put rollers in her hair at night and used a head scarf that reminded me of a fish net. Whenever I wanted a French braid in my hair I always went to her (she was a hair stylist.) I remember she adored a string of pearls and one night she gave them to me, just because. (I wore them on my wedding day, in honor of her.)

It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized my granny wasn’t quite the same as when I was younger. She didn’t fuss at me anymore and she didn’t always have a hug or smile ready for me when I walked into a room. She stopped visiting our family in Texas.

It was then that I learned she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

As a teen I’m not sure that I fully comprehended what it all meant. I just knew every time our family would visit her in Chicago she talked less and less. Then I noticed she moved less and less and eventually could no longer even feed herself.

One vivid memory I have is one day my mom was giving her a pedicure and keeping up a constant stream of chatter. Every once and awhile my grandmother would make a non-committal noise.
But, after all these years it was her eyes that I still remember the most. Every time my mom moved my grandmother’s eyes would follow. It was like she recognized her daughter even though she couldn’t voice it.

My granny, Valadia Williams, traveled to the Kingdom of God in 2007.

I Walk to give her, and everyone else who has Alzheimer’s, a voice.

I Walk to find a cure.

I Walk to relive those memories.

I Walk to walk with her one more time.

I Walk to give strength to others.

I Walk to end Alzheimer’s.

You can now register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015

Why I Walk – Paige Lanier Chargois

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My name is Paige Lanier Chargois and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s for my father, Earlie Hayes Lanier, a man I have revered for many years who succumbed to Alzheimer’s a couple of years ago. This year I will Walk for him!

Every child needs a parent to hold his or her hand to guide, secure, or protect them!

Throughout much of my childhood, I would walk with Dad to the big supermarket nine blocks away. Alone or allowing me to tag along, he always walked to the store, bought the groceries then caught the bus back home. When I would hear him announce that’s where he was heading, I’d holler out, “Dad, can I go?” Of course he would say yes, grab my hand and we would take off.

There’s a special memory about Dad within each of those steps – some of the best “daddy-daughter” conversations ever!

Most special would be the moment as we set out walking when he would grab my hand in his. The strength in his hands was amazing. Compared to my tiny hand as a little girl, his hands were so large. The confidence that hand allowed me – that nothing could “touch” me as long as my Dad was holding my hand! All was right in my world!

I remember the questions he would ask about school, about my playmates, about what I wanted to become. My responses are not all that important now, but I still relish the sense of strength and security I felt as long as Dad held my hand. I had no worry because I was walking with my Dad!

Fast-forward about 60 years as I began providing care for Dad who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He still loved to walk throughout the community, but would occasionally lose his way although we had lived in that house more than 20 years. That helped me decide to relocate.

The apartment to which we moved within a retirement community was a bit limiting for him and his love of walking. Some evenings I would take him into the long hallways of our building where we would set out walking. Although Dad did not need a walker or wheelchair, one particular evening he said to me, “I could walk better if you would hold my hand.”

I experienced a “nuclear melt-down” of memories covering hundreds of days he had held my hand when we walked together – including to the grocery store! The strength he had provided me over those years – just by holding my hand – became a power-surge of mega proportions! I slipped my hand around his hoping for and trusting in a similar surge of strength and confidence in Dad that he would then be able to walk a little better. And he did.

This year I will Walk to end Alzheimer’s and Dad won’t be holding my hand nor will I be holding his; but the strength remains because it is still very clear and very real that I will “walk a little better (as) he holds my hand!”

You can now register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015

Why I Walk – Brittany Eckstein

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My name is Brittany Eckstein and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s for my Grandmother.

In 2007, when I was just 12 years old, my Grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I was old enough to know what it was, but too young to know how bad it could get.

In the beginning stages, little things would slip such as names and places. It progressively got worse and eventually got to the point where my Grandmother could not live on her own.

In 2009, she came to live with my mother and me and we took care of her for about two years. Eventually, it became too much for us to handle, so my aunt took over the caregiving.

We would go over to visit and to check up on her and I even spent an entire summer with my Aunt helping her take care of my Grandmother. It was hard to watch her not remember who I was, but deep down I knew that she would never forget me no matter how bad the disease got.

She eventually got to the point where she could no longer speak or walk and the family placed her with Hospice. She was only given a year or so to live.

I remember visiting her one day and as soon as I walked in the room she gave me the biggest smile. It had been a long time since I had seen her smile that way.

When it was time for me to leave, I gave her a hug and told her I loved her. Even though she could no longer speak, she mumbled something, and to me it sounded like “I love you.”

That’s when I knew that deep down, she still knew who I was and that she wouldn’t forget me. That moment gave me hope.

She was in Hospice for two years before she passed away.

My Grandmother was a strong fighter and continued to surprise the doctors every day. When she no longer had the strength to fight, she let go and passed in July 2015.

So, I Walk for her.

My grandmother was one of the strongest people I have ever known. She was always a fighter – before and during her fight with Alzheimer’s.

I Walk to let people know to not give up hope.

I Walk because I know one day, we will find a cure!!!

You can now register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015