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Southeastern Virginia Raffle Car Winner Announced!

21 Nov

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 made possible thanks to Walk supporter Pearson Toyota in Newport News. Thank you to​​ Regional Walk sponsor, BayPort Credit Union and The Hampton Roads Show for helping us pick the winning ticket. ​

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Why I Walk with Ann Bolen

15 Nov

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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 is fighting to maintain his independence and our life together. Our team, Peers and Partners-VB, is the monthly support group for Virginia Beach. Together we learn about “AL” and support each other. Our friends in this group have become our closest supporters- One can’t know the devastation of this disease until you walk in our shoes.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s.  For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide. Every little bit helps but your support means the world.  If you don’t wish to support, please let your elected officials know to wish them to support ALZ research.  THAT would mean a lot too.

Ann Bolen
Team Captain of Peers & Partners VB, a Top 10 Team for CoVA

 

 

Why I Walk with Tiffany Elston

11 Oct

Why I Walk Wednesday- Tiffany Elston

I walk in honor of my mom, who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s three years ago at the age of 49.

I walk in support of my dad and other caregivers out there that give so much of their time to care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

I walk in memory of all those who have lost their battle with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, including my Grandma Tink.

And I walk to show our commitment to the cause and help in raising funds for the much-needed research, in hopes that one day there is a cure.

Alzheimer’s knows no bounds and everyone is at risk! The Walk helps you realize you are not alone and together we can make a difference.

Tiffany Elston
Team Captain, Dee Dee’s Angels
Peninsula Walk

Why I Walk with Stephen Opitz

20 Sep

 

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Pictured above is Stephen Opitz’s Grandfather, Robert Painter.

 

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’s research, care and support so we can find a cure and stop losing so many amazing people to this terrible disease.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please join me and other Princess Anne High School students, families, and friends and walk in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on the Va Beach Boardwalk on Saturday, September 23, 2017. If you are able, PLEASE make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s.  For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

Stephen Opitz
Team Captain, PAHS Brain Trust
Coastal Virginia Walk

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

19 Sep

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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 knowledge of the brain. Most recently you may have heard Dr. Aravich at our Day for Caregivers conferences back in June where he provided a brain demonstration to attendees during breaks from the seminars. Dr. Aravich has so much compassion for those with brain injuries and disorders and has dedicated his career to finding answers and teaching others about the brain. He believes educating the public is vitally important so they can take a more active part in advocating for legislation to support neuroscience initiatives that affect public health.

His honors include one of the highest awards for medical education in the US and Canada; Virginia’s highest faculty award for research, teaching, and service; 5 Virginia Gubernatorial citations related to public education and guardianship; and election into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is also on a member of regional.state boards related to behavioral health, TBI, guardianship, and dementia. He headed the Virginia Brain Injury Council and its first position paper on the neurobehavioral complications of brain injury. Dr. Aravich has given Congressional presentations on the epidemic of fatal behavioral health disorders to a program sponsored by the Congressional Public Health Caucus, on art and the brain to both the House and the Senate, and on traumatic brain injury to a program sponsored by the Congressional Brain Injury Taskforce.

Dr. Aravich has numerous publications and presentations and is interested in the cognitive and emotional consequences of various behavioral health disorders; positive behavioral controls for challenging behaviors; caregiver stress; Wounded Warriors; successful aging; the arts and medicine; and health care policy.

We are so lucky to have Dr. Aravich as a great friend to the chapter and long-time volunteer! If you have not yet heard Dr. Aravich present, please check out his TEDxNASA presentation “The Universe Between Your Ears” here! 

If you are interested in volunteering with our chapter, you can learn more information on our website at http://www.alz.org/seva/in_my_community_104988.asp

Why I Walk with Paula Amburgey

6 Sep

 

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Paula with her grandmother, Nadia Hansin

 

I’m walking to help reclaim the future for millions. In February, I lost my grandmother, Nadia Hansin. 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.

Several years ago, my grandmother developed Alzheimer’s and she moved in with us. As a high school student, I took on a huge responsibility of making her comfortable during her most needed times. I helped during her hardest times where she needed assistance to eat and change. But the good times we spent together outweigh the bad times. She enjoyed getting flowers, eating sweets, and watching TV. My grandmother fought the illness whenever she could and had a strong backbone that consisted of her family and her caretakers.

This year I want to honor her memory. I hope you will join me by making a donation or joining a walk near you.

Paula Amburgey
Farmville Walk 

Why I Walk with Marcie McMillin

30 Aug

 

Why I Walk Wednesday- Marcie McMillin

Marcie McMillin’s parents on their wedding day.

 

I’m walking to help reclaim the future for millions. By participating in the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care, and support.

Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I lost my Mom Betty Ruth Pickler to this disease in 2006 after 18 years of suffering. My dad is 95 years old and misses her every day.

I am raising money so that I am the last generation that will ever have to witness a loved one be taken one memory at a time.

Marcie McMillin
Board Emeritus and Team Captain of Betsy’s Boopers
Coastal Virginia Walk