2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez is coming to Troy Gymnastics on Sunday, November 12!

Dear Troy Gymnastics: A gymnastics superstar is coming to our gym! 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez will spend Sunday, November 12, 2017 at our gym! You have the opportunity to meet Laurie, win great prizes, and raise funds for Alzheimer’s Association The more money you raise, the more prizes you’ll win, the more time

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Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Jerome H. Stone was our founding president.

Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country.  We are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure.

Tonight's Dancing With the Stars featured a performance we may never forget.

During Monday night's all-new episode, Laurie Hernandez and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were set to dance the foxtrot. But before hitting the dance floor, viewers at home learned that the Olympic athlete had just experienced one emotional week.

In the pre-taped segment, cameras followed Laurie as she visited her grandmother in a nursing home.

"My grandma suffers from Alzheimer's so her memory is not that great. I kind of feel bad, I've been away from home, so I haven't been able to see her as much as I used to," Laurie confessed to the cameras through tears. "She's not doing very well, but I think I'm going to see her very soon."

One day after the interview, Laurie's beloved family member Brunilda Hernandez would pass away.

With the support of her partner, Laurie was able to perform during Monday's show and deliver an unforgettable tribute to her grandmother.

"First of all, I'm so sorry for your loss," judge Carrie Ann Inaba shared while wiping away tears. "Using all that emotion and channeling it for something beautiful for all of us to watch. You represent the American dream, and also the Dancing with the Stars dream."

Julianne Hough added, "I'm choosing to smile right now, with tears of joy and happiness, because I know that that's exactly what your grandmother is doing right now. We should be celebrating her life and how incredible you are. And tonight, not only has your performance exceeded everything you do technically, but this entire journey for you, you have grown into the most beautiful young woman, and you should be very, very proud of yourself."

As audience members and viewers at home wiped away tears, Laurie was awarded a perfect score.

Perhaps host Tom Bergeron summed it up best before tossing to a commercial break.

"That was the most amazing display of courage I've seen in 23 seasons," he told Laurie. "And I hope you could feel that 700 people in this room and countless more were sending you energy all through that dance."

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Help Wanted: Ambassador for Laurie Hernandez!

Help Wanted: Ambassador for Laurie Hernandez! Laurie’s arrival at (venue name) will be a moment of high drama. All eyes will be upon her and cameras will be clicking as she emerges from her car, to be greeted by a very lucky young ambassador, who will escort her into the studio to kick off a

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Win a Selfie Session With Laurie Hernandez!

Win a Selfie Session With Laurie Hernandez!  Score a photo keepsake that you’ll cherish forever: a selfie of you & Laurie Hernandez! The top 3 fundraisers between and win!  You must raise at least $150 during the contest period to qualify, online donations only.  Good luck!

Win a spot in a private gymnastics clinic with Laurie Hernandez!

Win a spot in a private gymnastics clinic with Laurie Hernandez!   Want to elevate your gymnastics game to the next rung? What better way than a private session with an Olympic gymnast! Laurie will spend XX minutes with a select group of extremely lucky athletes! The top 3 fundraisers between and win!  Minimum of

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Laurie Hernandez

About Laurie Hernandez

Who is… Laurie Hernandez Gymnastics Beginnings Lauren Hernandez was born on June 9, 2000 in New Brunswick, NJ. Her parents put their 5-year-old daughter in dance and ballet classes, but it wasn’t holding her attention—her parents had to bribe her with sugar cookies to make her go to class. One day, a more exhilarating sport

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Private Clinic with Laurie Hernandez

The top 180 overall fundraisers raising at least $125 will participate in a gymnastics clinic with Laurie.  The top 30 overall fundraisers will get to participate in an additional 45-minute private gymnastic clinic with Laurie Hernandez.  EVERYONE raising $250 or more will meet Laurie for a picture and autograph and attend a Q&A with Laurie!

Lunch with Laurie

How to attend lunch with Laurie Hernandez

The top 20 overall fundraisers will attend a private lunch with Laurie.

Register TODAY and raise $250 to attend a Q&A session including pictures and an autograph with Laurie Hernandez at Troy Gymnastics on Sunday, November 12! Register here