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
[email protected]
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 three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

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.