Teams walk toward a cure

Published 10:45 pm Friday, August 30, 2019

Dozens upon dozens of teams will walk together to raise awareness and help find a cure at the 2019 Western Tidewater Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Suffolk this September.

As the team recruitment chair for the Suffolk Walk committee, Jenny Do is leading the charge on recruiting teams both old and new for this year’s walk. She and other committee members encourage individuals, friends, families and businesses to register, walk and fundraise.

Every team is different, according to Do, but all of them are passionate about finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

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“I think that’s what makes a great team,” Do said, “when they know that every little thing that they contribute makes a difference. Everything from showing up for the walk day to going out of your way to raise money or volunteering.”

This year will be the first walk that Do has attended. She walks for her residents at Bickford of Suffolk Assisted Living and Memory Care, where she is the director. She walks because they deserve a cure, she wrote, and this September she’ll be joined by so many others that want to find that cure as well.

Do gave thanks to all of the teams that will do their part this year.

“They are willing take out time in their day to do this and be part of an organization that’s truly helpful,” she said.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, according to

The 2019 Western Tidewater Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sept. 14 at YMCA Camp Arrowhead, 275 Kenyon Road. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 9:40 a.m.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. This walk will include a three-mile route, and there will be a one-mile option as well.

There is no registration fee for the walk, although every walker is encouraged to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Additionally, every registered participant will receive a T-shirt after achieving the fundraising minimum of $100.

As of Thursday evening, $42,572 has been raised towards the Suffolk Walk’s $88,000 fundraising goal this year, and 202 participants have registered for the Suffolk Walk.

Contact Barbara Monteith at 793-5077 or for more information, or visit