Alzheimer’s Association walk raises more than $418,000

Ten-year-old Allyson Foor, who helped raise more than $800 to fight Alzheimer's disease, poses with Alzheimer's Association CEO Marie Kolendo during the Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer's Nov. 7.
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 7 in Innsbrook raised more than $418,000 for Alzheimer’s care support programs, and research, according to organizers.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of three walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond; the others were held in Urbanna Sept. 19 and in Fredericksburg Sept. 26.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at

At each walk, participants came together and participated in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease during the Promise Garden Commemoration. The ceremony is a commitment to fulfill their promise to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The different colors of the promise flowers represent the diverse reasons why they walk – blue flowers indicate the individual has Alzheimer’s; yellow flowers indicate the individual is a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s; purple flowers indicate the individual has lost someone to Alzheimer’s; and orange flowers indicate the individual supports the cause and the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. Each participant had the opportunity to write a personal message on their promise flower to further strengthen their dedications.

Among the participants was 10-year-old Allyson Foor, who despite no direct connection said she supports the cause and the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

“It feels good to be able to help people,” said Foor.

After attending last year’s walk with her parents, she knew she wanted to do something more. She spent numerous hours making purple "End Alzheimer’s" bracelets to sell as a fundraiser, and her efforts raised more than $800 for research, care and support.

“No matter how old we are, there are still things we can do to help,” she said.

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, and this year alone, 700,000 people in the age 65 and older will die with Alzheimer’s disease.

In Virginia, 130,000 individuals are currently living with Alzheimer’s, including 26,000 in the Greater Richmond Chapter’s service area. By 2025, estimates indicate that 190,000 Virginians will have Alzheimer’s.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27

The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair

Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21

Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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