Dear Friends, Patients and Colleagues,
I’m honored to serve as the “Los Angeles Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champion” for the second year in a row for the Alzheimer’s Association CA Southland Chapter. The LA Walk, held on Saturday, November 2nd at the LA Zoo, is our largest event to raise awareness and funds for local Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
My goal is to raise $100,000 through my team – Dr. T and Friends – to help bring an end to this very personal cause to my family. Both of my parents battled Alzheimer’s, a relentless disease which causes degeneration of the brain leading to decreased cognition, altered affect, and, most disheartening, loss of the self. I know first-hand the chaos it creates for the person with the illness, caregivers and entire family.
As a physician, I’m keenly aware of this growing epidemic. There are more than 5.8 million Americans living with this disease – by 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. In 2019, Alzheimer's and other dementias cost the nation $290 billion and by 2050 these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion.
We all know someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia or likely will soon. It’s the defining public health challenge of our time. Our cause is urgent and it’s a race we must win. Our success depends on the actions we take today. Please join me in supporting my Walk team and achieving my fundraising goal through a 100% tax-deductible donation.
By supporting my team, you will help fund vital caregiver programs offered by the CA Southland Chapter and increased education for healthcare providers to ensure a timely diagnosis. Your donation may even assist in igniting a research discovery that saves the next generation from this cruel and devastating disease. I’m tremendously grateful and thank you for championing this very important cause to me and my family!