The WISE and ManUp Mentoring programs of NOVA’s Annandale Campus convened on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to join thousands of people in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease. According to the National Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and 16 million are serving as their caregivers. Alzheimer’s also has significance with many members of the NOVA community. The team’s captain, Dr. Kimberly Wright shared her personal experiences of losing her grandmother to dementia, which inspired the team to take action and join in the fight.
The theme this year for the WISE and ManUp mentoring program is I Serve, We Serve, which highlights the collective commitment and responsibility to serve the community. This inspiring annual event calls on participants to walk a 5k route around the National Mall. The walk participants on the team consisted of NOVA faculty, staff, students, and their families. To raise money for the walk, both mentors and mentees in the program sponsored fundraising campaigns to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in their communities.
The team established an initial goal of $500.00 and exceeded their fundraising target by raising over $1,000.00 for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.