Local woman raises thousands for the Alzheimer’s Association

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A local woman is taking the lead on fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 8News reporter Sydney Cameron shows you how Susan Hudson became one of the top 50 Alzheimer’s fundraisers in the nation last year.

“You got on purple,” Hudson said. “You must want to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Susan Hudson is not shy about asking for money to support the cause.

“I’m at the $1700 mark this year so far,” Hudson said.

“What’s your goal?” 8News reporter Sydney Cameron asked.

“I really want to make $20,000 this year.”

It’s all for her team in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“I walk in memory of Bob Lundquist. He was my fiancee’s father and he suffered from Alzheimer’s,” Hudson said.

Interestingly, Hudson didn’t get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association until she started working for Genworth Financial a year after he passed. Now, 7 years later, Hudson has a Champion’s Club medal, meaning, she raised more than $10,000 last year alone.

She also has several awards for her fundraising efforts. Hudson raises money through yard sales, tournaments and recently, pilots flying at Lake Gaston Resort donated their earnings to her walk team.

“I have a lot of support from Genworth.”

The company matches every donation over $50. Everyone there is used to getting her Alzheimer’s emails.

“Susan just leads the way,” said Elena Edwards, Genworth President of Long-Term Care Insurance. “She is certainly our rock star.”

Hudson says she couldn’t do it without the support. More importantly, she said, the Alzheimer’s Association needs it.

“It’s a disease that we need to have research on and that we need to find a cure for.”

 

8News invites you to Walk to End Alzheimer’s on November 7. We will be walking with the Alzheimer’s Association Staff and Friends walk group. Click here to sign up.

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