BENEFITING: ALZHEIMERS DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: ALZHEIMERS DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION
I am training to run the TCS New York City Marathon as part of the Runner's for Alzheimer's Research team.
-Alzheimer’s dementia affects about 5.4 million Americans.
-It is the only top 10 cause of death that can't be prevented, cured or slowed.
-About two-thirds of Americans battling the disease are women.
My Grandma, Mary - a beloved wife of 60 years, mother of three, and grandmother to seven grandkids and three great-grandsons - is one of them.
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Before dementia, if you ever met my Grandma, she would have beamed about her family, told you stories about the founding of our country, or sang the songs to her cherished musicals. She took me on my first trip to New York City to see The Rockettes, because she treasured nothing more than sharing her favorite things with the people she loves.
One of few women lucky enough to graduate college in the 1950s, she earned degrees from Vermont Junior College - the sister school of Norwich University, where she fell in love with my Granddad - and St. Lawrence University, where she was a proud Tri Delta.
After her child-raising years were over, my Grandma used her knowledge and charm to give guided tours of Independence Hall, where she entertained visitors with tales about the Constitutional Convention and even gained First Lady Barbara Bush as a pen pal.
Sadly, dementia has started to take its devastating toll on our caring, smart, bubby and stylish matriarch. It's stealing the beautiful memories she has made over her lifetime, and changing her in ways that make each day a little more difficult and unpredictable.
But some things about her have stayed the same. Her laughter still fills a room, and her eyes continue to light up when her grandkids are around. She remains the center of our family, and we continue rallying around her to make her new reality as comfortable as possible.
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15 million Americans who are providing unpaid care to loved ones with Alzheimer's and related dementias can relate.
It is considered the most expensive disease in America today - which is where my goal comes in: I have committed to raise at least $3,000 in support of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF).
To date, ADDF has invested more than $100 million to fund over 500 drug research programs at academic centers and biotechnology companies in 18 countries. They supported the first diagnostic test for Alzheimer's and helped fund approximately 20% of all treatments for Alzheimer's currently in clinical trials.
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's. By 2050, the total number of Americans with it is expected to increase to 16 million.
Thank you for considering making a donation to this important and personal cause. With your support, we will help ADDF find a cure.
To learn more about ADDF, please visit their website.