Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer

Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer, Team captain of Edward Jones-Forget- Me- Nots Virginia Beach I’m leading the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. I witnessed the effects this disease had on my grandfather and all his family as he suffered from Alzheimer’s.  It is notContinue reading “Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer”

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Why I Walk with Gino Colombara

I am Gino Colombara and I have had the honor to be the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter for the past 23 years. I walk each year for a very personal reason. My journey with Alzheimer’s started over 30 years ago. It began with my father, John Colombara. While I wasContinue reading “Why I Walk with Gino Colombara”

Why I Walk with Mary Stemann

Mary Stemann remembers when she knew something was different with her husband Robert…She started winning arguments! In time he got more and more confused.  They went to their family doctor and were told that nothing was wrong. This happened more than once. By the summer of 2015, he was having seizures and had become moreContinue reading “Why I Walk with Mary Stemann”

Why I Walk with Mary Lou Jacinto

My mom was first diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia in June 2012. At her last appointment about a month ago her diagnosis changed to stage 6 or moderately severe/mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Watching my mom fade away a little more each day is not only heartbreaking for me, it’s terrifying for her. What I want the mostContinue reading “Why I Walk with Mary Lou Jacinto”

Southeastern Virginia Raffle Car Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Linda Fanning from Hampton on winning the 2016 Toyota Camry SE in our raffle drawing! Linda Fanning has walked with us since 2012. She is the team captain of the Cherished Memories Team at the Peninsula Walk to End Alzheimer’s® and is a Grand Champion fundraiser this year! ​​ The car was madeContinue reading “Southeastern Virginia Raffle Car Winner Announced!”

Why I Walk with Ann Bolen

I’m walking to help reclaim the future for millions. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care, and support. Our family has been personally touched by “ALZ” and the year has been fraught with changes.  Roger, my husband of 34 years isContinue reading “Why I Walk with Ann Bolen”

Why I Walk with Stephen Opitz

    I’m walking in honor and memory of my grandfather to help reclaim the future for millions. My grandfather was a brilliant man who unfortunately lost his battle with Alzheimer’s four years ago this July. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’sContinue reading “Why I Walk with Stephen Opitz”

Volunteer Spotlight: Paul F. Aravich, Ph.D.

Paul F. Aravich, Ph.D. is a behavioral neuroscientist at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and a great friend of the Southeastern Virginia Chapter. He is a professor of Pathology and Anatomy; of Geriatrics, and of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Aravich often lends his expertise to chapter events, eager to share his extensive knowledgeContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Paul F. Aravich, Ph.D.”