Medicine: Second-year student leads fundraising against Alzheimer’s disease

David Goldberg, a second-year medicine student, founded the organization “Rams for Memory”, a team of medical students and faculty who promote ending Alzheimer’s disease. Goldberg has previous experience in fundraising to fight Alzheimer’s disease and hopes to apply that within the Virginia Commonwealth University community.

David Goldberg at his White Coat Ceremony in 2012.

“I’ve been involved with Alzheimer’s advocacy since August 2010, when my maternal grandfather passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Goldberg. “It was the start of my fourth year of college at the University of Virginia, and my friends and I started an Alzheimer’s awareness, fundraising and volunteering organization called Hoos for Memory.”

Since its launch last year, Goldberg would like to assemble a larger Rams for Memory team. His next step will be the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Greater Richmond.

“I’m hoping that students from all across VCU, faculty, staff and alumni will join the team,” said Goldberg.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The Greater Richmond will take place Saturday, Oct. 5  at 4600 Cox Road in Glen Allen. Registration for the walk is free, and money is raised when walkers ask their friends and family for donations. All funds raised from the walk will benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

David Goldberg with his grandfather, Ervin Alperin, in 2008.

David’s connections to the university include two generations of his family tree. His father, Martin, is a graduate of the medical school’s class of 1978 and stayed on the MCV Campus for his Internal Medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. In addition, David’s grandfather Ervin Alperin attended RPI, earning a degree in Distributive Education in 1953.

You can sign up to walk or donate at the Rams for Memory team page, and you can check out David’s music video to promote the team.