Get to Know Pensacola Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair Dr. Pashia Groom

1. How has Alzheimer’s impacted your life?

Personally, my story is like so many others in that I have lost close family members to this disease. I grieved their loss daily, in small ways, until their passing. Moreover, I have dealt with families, through my 23-year private practice who have been affected by Alzheimer’s and have walked the journey of love, grief and gratitude with many of them.

2. What made you decide to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

I believe that when like-minded people come together with a positive spirit and goal, nothing is impossible. I have personally been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association as my clinic, Anchor, has sponsored the Walk and formed teams for several years in support of the great cause of helping to put an end to this disease. I hope to see the work continue and believe that I can make a difference with community outreach, networking and teamwork.

3. How do you hope to support your community as a volunteer?

My goal is to work with Tina Henson and the Association to help form a great team that will focus on fundraising and community networking. I will help facilitate, organize, and bring support to the events with the goal of increasing financial support and community involvement.

4. Why should someone sign up for Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

The Walk is a great way to recognize all of the lives that are affected by Alzheimer’s, from those who have lost loved ones to those on the frontlines fighting for a cure. From a community standpoint, the Walk is inspiring, informative and a great activity for everyone to come together and bring positive energy to the cause. It is educational, inspirational and encouraging. It is a great opportunity for businesses in the community to demonstrate their drive to give back to their community members and have a lasting impact.

5. What’s your favorite thing to do in your community? What do you like most about your community?

One aspect I love about the greater Pensacola community is the network of friend and business associations and the energy in our community for positive momentum and change. I enjoy coming together and networking with my colleagues and exchanging our visions for the future of this great community. I value the outdoor spaces of our community and love playing tennis and spending time at the beach. It is energizing to see building, new businesses and all of the
progress that Pensacola is making. I am grateful to be part of this community.

Please join me on Sunday, Oct. 1 for Walk to End Alzheimer’s Pensacola at Community Maritime Park. The event opens at 2 p.m. with the ceremony and Walk starting at 3 p.m. Start your team today at

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