Breast Cancer Walk Saturday in Honor of Beloved Laurel Ridge Professor

For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2017

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

Tanya Bock Emergency Fund for Nursing Students

In honor and loving memory of Laurel Ridge nursing professor Tanya Bock, the Student Nurses’ Association is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28th on the athletic field at the rear of the Middletown Campus.

Bock, who was also an alumna of the college, lost her battle with the disease on July 23. She was 41.

“All of her students thought she was wonderful,” Associate Professor of Nursing Liza Marshall says. “She was so generous with her time, and always put her students first. She was an excellent instructor, very fair, very committed to our nursing program. And, she had the most contagious laugh.”

The student nurses wanted to have a day where people could come out and remember Tanya or anyone else affected by the disease, Marshall says.

Any donations received, as well as money collected from a bake sale, basket raffle and jewelry sale during the walk will be given to the Tanya Bock Emergency Fund for Nursing Students. The nursing program is a rigorous one, and the funding associated with uniforms, board exams and fuel for clinical rotations can stretch some of the students’ budgets pretty far.

Donation checks can be made out to Laurel Ridge Foundation – Tanya’s Fund, and sent to 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA  22645. Donations can be dropped off in Suite 203 in the Corron Building on the Middletown Campus, or online at (click on “Donate Now”).


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.