Dear Friends and Family,
I am so excited to share with you news of the incredible honor involving the Alzheimer's Association'sŪ Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award. My father, Marshall Gelfand, and The Judy Fund were presented with this award at the National Alzheimer's Dinner in Washington, D.C., a part of the Alzheimer's Association 2014 Advocacy Forum. Our family is grateful for this honor and humbled to join the ranks of its previous recipients.
The Alzheimer's Association's Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award recognizes an individual, organization or company whose actions have promoted greater understanding of Alzheimer's disease and its effects on diagnosed individuals, families and caregivers.
Past recipients of this prestigious award include Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, chair of the Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Galas, which honor her mother, who died from Alzheimer's; Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who bravely announced her Alzheimer's diagnosis; and filmmakers James Keach and Trevor Albert, directors of a documentary on legendary singer Glen Campbell, who continued to tour and make records after developing the disease.
With your help, the Judy Fund has crossed many corners of the Alzheimer's fight. A small sampling of the initiatives the fund has helped to underwrite at the Alzheimer's Association includes nine research grants, such as New Investigator and Pioneer Award grants; serving as the lead sponsor of the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Ride, a 2010 event with researchers bicycling to Capitol Hill to deliver petition signatures to Congress; the California Southland Chapter's work with the Memory Assessment Center in Rancho Mirage; and the annual sponsorship of the Association's national Ambassadors program, which identifies and educates advocates to work with state and federal legislators to influence policy and law aimed at changing the course of Alzheimer's disease. The Ambassadors program is often cited as a key ingredient in the institution of the landmark National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA), a law that put into place a structure for creating a federal plan for Alzheimer's disease in America.
We were so glad that representatives of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity could attend the presentation as well. Marshall has been a proud member of SAM since 1950. In 2005 the fraternity adopted the Alzheimer's Association's Judy Fund as its national charity of choice, and now young "Sammies," as they are known, work every year on campuses nationwide to raise funds to benefit The Judy Fund and to increase awareness. We are proud of these young men and grateful for the fraternity's partnership.
This is an award for them and for all of us.
I take pride in sharing the Shriver Award with you and with everyone who has supported The Judy Fund. You made this possible. There is so much more we can do together please consider making a donation today to help us reach the next great milestone. You are the beginning of the end of Alzheimer's disease.
Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
Tue, Feb 26, 2013
As I struggle through raising two daughters and losing my own mother at the same time voices like yours give me strength. While being stuck in the middle I find inspiration in my daughter's voice. I'd like to share that with you, in this video of a song she wrote about her Nana called "I Remember"
Thu, Dec 06, 2012
For those of you who have access to Facebook, please "like" The Judy Fund and share it with your friends. It's a great way to keep posted on all things Judy Fund, and to keep updated on great strides in Alzheimer's.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012
Could you share the story with Sarasota County Aging Network? This non profit organization supports the Alzheimer's Organizations Gulf Coast Chapter and would like to include a link to your page. We are
Sun, Dec 04, 2011
I remember well the "We Love Judy" party given by Marshall for the beautiful Judy. Everybody in Palm Springs loved her and she loved them. We were neighbors in the Tennis Club area and also enjoyed aerobic workouts on the treadmill at Gold's gym. I last saw Judy (before the party) when I was able to host she and Marshall at Muriel's and she looked like a movie star. I now live in Florida but I will never forget her.
Sun, Sep 04, 2011
Hi, Liz, Dean, and Todd,
My father showed me a note from your dad in response to a donation Sylvester made to the Judy Fund. Bob and I would also like to contribute.
Hope you're all well.
Wed, Jan 05, 2011
We depend everyday on our memory we need a cure for this disease that took my own mother and so many others. I pray for a cure...