As a board-certified ophthalmologist at one of the largest subspecialty retina practices in the southeast, Rob knows that medicine can be a powerful tool in curing disease and improving the quality of lives of patients. At Georgia Retina, he specializes in treating retinal detachments, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and other retinal conditions and witnesses the importance that vision has on a patient’s ability to maintain their independence and function. He has seen how vision loss can accelerate the progression of cognitive decline and dementia, all with considerable effects on public health and quality of life.
Although textbooks and professors first introduced Rob to Alzheimer’s, the lessons were truly learned when he watched his wife’s grandfather decline and eventually succumb to the disease. He was devastated to watch a self-sufficient, retired banker become a shell of the man he used to be and heartbroken to see the frustration and sadness sweep across his family.
Rob continues to participate in many clinical research studies and is keenly aware that it takes more than the time and talent of the researchers and clinicians to advance medical treatments - it takes solid financial support. When Rob heard about the Alzheimer’s fundraiser, Dancing Stars of Atlanta, he saw the opportunity to make an impact on a disease that has personally touched his family and the lives of many of his patients.
Although Rob could be spotted doing line dances at weddings and regularly attending the dance recitals of his two daughters, he has had no formal dance training. He is looking forward to challenging you to take a step forward to support the Alzheimer’s Association as he steps forward and takes on the challenge of learning to dance.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
I need your support to do my part. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
So join me on May 6th for this extravaganza! If you can’t attend, please go online, make a donation, and vote for me!
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