Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease and nearly 15 million are acting as caregivers. It’s time to take action and change the course of this epidemic!
Six years ago, Alzheimer's touched the life of one of my oldest and dearest friends, and thus touched my life. I will never forget the day that Karen called me with the news that her mom had early onset Alzheimer's. Kathy was only 56 at the time, and Karen realized then that the signs had been there for two years. My first thought was that this is a disease that strikes old people, not people like Kathy who are young and fun. My second thought was that I needed to support Karen so that she had the strength to support her mom and family. Once there was a name on what was affecting Kathy, however, they were able to fight some of the symptoms with treatment. Karen got some of her mom back. I want her to be able to have all of her mom back, so I am participating in Blondes v. Brunettes in honor of Kathy and to raise money for research to develop effective treatments and, hopefully, a cure for this disease that we seem to know so much and yet so little about. This is my fourth year to participate, and I am excited to once more fight against Alzheimer's.
This is why I’m taking the field with the Association Blondes vs. Brunettes®, a nationwide women’s flag-football league created to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. My teammates and I are training and preparing for game day, but win or lose, our true goal is a world without Alzheimer’s.
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can tackle Alzheimer’s disease.