Huntington Area Native Honored at Luncheon

Edited from a Press Release

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter on May 29 will honor two West Virginians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment in the fight against Alzheimer’s as part of the annual Thanks for the Memories Luncheon. The Association will recognize Huntington native Rachel Torlone as the Sylvia Watkins Walk to End Alzheimer's Volunteer of the Year and will honor Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV with the Legacy Award.

Ms. Torlone first became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter in 2011 as part of the Huntington Walk to End Alzheimer’s in tribute to her grandmother, Erma Jean Reed, who had lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease the year before. Ms. Torlone and her family formed Erma’s Angels to help change the course of Alzheimer’s so other families would not have to experience the loss of a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. Through events like the annual Golf to End Alzheimer’s and Ride to End Alzheimer’s, Erma’s Angels have only increased their efforts, and raised a total of $14,450 for the 2014 Huntington Walk to End Alzheimer’s – making them the highest fundraising team from all 10 Walks held in West Virginia last year.

Commitment to the cause is a family affair and Ms. Torlone and her brother furthered the efforts they began in 2011 by founding Erma’s Angels as a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Rachel is the epitome of a remarkable volunteer,” noted Laurel Kirksey, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter. “We are thrilled to recognize her passion and incredible dedication to raising awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s as the Sylvia Watkins Walk to End Alzheimer’s Volunteer of the Year.”

The Sylvia Watkins Volunteer of the Year, named in honor of long-time Charleston Walk to End Alzheimer’s volunteer Sylvia Watkins, is voted upon by Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members from across the state and is given to one Walk volunteer who exemplifies steadfast dedication to increasing awareness to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The 2014 Thanks for the Memories Luncheon will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center at 11:45 a.m. Tickets to the event are $75 and can be purchased by calling 800.272.3900 or by visiting


About the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter: The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter is the only voluntary health organization in West Virginia solely dedicated to providing education and support service to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, to their families and caregivers. The chapter serves all 55 counties in West Virginia and six counties in eastern Ohio.

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