Alzheimer's disease is the nation's 6th-leading cause of death, killing more than breast and prostate cancers combined. Every 66 seconds, someone develops the disease. An estimated 6 million Americans are living with the disease, including my maternal great aunt and great uncle, and 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for those living with the Alzheimer's and other dementias: that's 18.4 billion hours of care valued at over $232 billion. Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from Alzheimer's have increased 123%, and 1 in 3 Seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. By 2050, a projected 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer's. And in 2018, the direct cost to American society of caring for Alzheimer's and other dementias is $277 billion. THESE are staggering facts and figures -- It's time to do something about this disease.
On behalf of my family members, I'm taking the field with Blondes vs. Brunettes(R), a nationwide women's flag-football league created in 2005 to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Since then, BvB Houston has been recognized as the Alzheimer's Association's largest game in the country after raising $270k in 2016. My teammates and I are training for game day on May 5, 2018, but win or lose, both teams unite to change the course of this devastating disease on future generations.
I need your support to do my part! Every dollar counts. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Alzheimer's Association Houston provides education, support programs, services, and resources in communities nationwide. Funds raised also support the Association's advance research into treatment, prevention, and ultimately, a cure.
Thank you in advance for your generosity - together, we can tackle Alzheimer's disease.
Team Brunettes, Sideline Warrior, Former Defensive Line Player
Game Day: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 12PM, University of Houston TDECU Stadium.
Each $25 donation admits one person into the game and After-Party at Little Woodrow's (e.g., $100 = 4 admissions) - so come out and support the Brunettes tackle Alzheimer's with a win!