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“Ruby’s Teapots” Add Support to Local Alzheimer’s Fundraising Effort, the Memory Walk

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    Monday, October 22 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

Sandra Wynn, BSC Associate Degree Nursing Program Director, was a featured speaker at the annual Memory Walk at Mercer Mall earlier this month. Wynn, who lost her grandmother, Ruby Davis, to Alzheimer's Disease earlier this year, spoke about the impact the disease has on caregivers and family members. The Memory Walk is the Alzheimer Association's largest fundraising and awareness effort. sandra wynn ruby teapot

rubys teapot(Bluefield)—As a nurse and the director of Bluefield State College's Associate Degree Nursing Program, Sandy Wynn has a professional appreciation for the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. When she lost her grandmother and great aunt to Alzheimer's earlier this year, Professor Wynn saw the disease from the perspective of a family member and caregiver.

Wynn was a featured speaker at the annual Memory Walk at Mercer Mall earlier this month. The Memory Walk is the Alzheimer Association's largest fundraising and awareness effort. It supports vital programs and services the Alzheimer's Association provides for families and caregivers facing the disease, while also promoting necessary research to seek a cure.

"My grandmother, Ruby Davis, died of Alzheimer's in 2012," Wynn told an audience of more than 250 walkers at the program. "Within our family, we were looking for a way to honor my grandmother's memory. The Memory Walk became a reunion of sorts for my family to support fundraising to combat the disease."

Noting that her late grandmother was an avid teapot collector, Wynn started a team, comprised primarily of Mrs. Davis' daughters and granddaughters. "We called the team 'Ruby's Teapots,' and we wore team shirts sporting the image of teapots on the front," she said.

"The turnout on Memory Walk Saturday was great," she continued. "We raised about $16,000 and there were so many walkers that we nearly encircled the mall when the walk started."

Wynn said "Ruby's Teapots" will make a return appearance at next year's Memory Walk, and she's inviting other teams and individuals to join in the effort.