Announcement

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."

http://www.eonline.com/news/809360/laurie-hernandez-s-tribute-to-her-late-grandmother-on-dancing-with-the-stars-will-move-any-fan-to-tears

For more information, please visit http://www.alz.org/

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Contests

Win a Snapchat Session with Laurie!

Win a Snapchat Session with Laurie! With its mind-bending assortment of face-changing filters, Snapchat has taken the selfie to a new level of fun! How would you like a Snapchat selfie of you & Laurie Hernandez… with one or both of you “augmented” with glasses, whiskers and a dog nose, pineapple mask, face warp, the

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Win an autographed copy of Laurie’s book, personally inscribed to you!

Win an autographed copy of Laurie’s book, personally inscribed to you!   Just before mounting the beam at the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez whispered to herself, “I got this.” A TV camera captured the moment, and made it immortal. You can watch it here. She then nailed the exercise, helping the Final 5 win Gold in

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Go One-on-One with Laurie!

One-on-One with Laurie Hernandez! Imagine being mentored one-on-one by an Olympic Gold Medalist. Imagine… just you, your favorite routine and Laurie Hernandez. If you win this contest, you will have a chance to perform a full routine of your choice for Laurie. Following the routine, Laurie will huddle with you and your parents to give

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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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Clinics

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