Meet Joyce Damm

Walk for Alzheimer's 2017 Hall of Fame

Joyce Damm hates asking people for money.

But it doesn’t hold her back from doing just that to support the Alzheimer Society of Oxford.

“I pound on doors. I go around to everybody and anybody. I hate asking for money, but I do it anyhow!” she said.

Joyce isn’t afraid to approach strangers or inquire at local businesses to fill up her pledge sheet.

“I’ve been very fortunate, because at least 95% of the people have been more than willing to give, and glad to give for this, especially when they know the money stays here in Oxford County,” she said.

For her, it’s simple. The benefits of donating outweigh her discomfort.

“We strive to collect what we can to help a good cause,” said Joyce who fundraises alongside her partner Gerald Wilhelm. She originally started walking, at least six or seven years ago, as a way to support Wilhelm.

“I decided to raise funds and walk with him. We both hope that someday they find a cure for this, because it’s so rampant,” she said.

But sometimes it can be tough for a couple to fundraise for the same event.

“A lot of the friends we ask will sponsor either him or I, we know the same people. So I have to go pound on doors,” Joyce said with a laugh. “How else are you going to get it?”

The Walk itself is a great way to end the fundraising season. The best part is interacting with the other walkers, Joyce said.

“(I love) seeing everybody, and the people that are there taking part in this, all working for the same goals.”

Last Updated: 11/08/2017