My first Walk to End Alzheimer's was in 2009, after our father, Michael H. Blake, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Since then, scores of family and friends have contributed over $32,000 to my annual fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer's Association in honor of our dad. The overwhelming generosity and commitment of so many in support of finding prevention and a cure is the driving force behind my participation in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. I will be walking in honor of Dad on September 22nd this year, and I would sincerely appreciate your support.
This degenerative illness currently has no cure. Consider the following statistics as evidence of the impact this disease has on our society:
* Between 2000 and 2017, deaths from Alzheimer's has increased 145 percent.
*Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease.
* Alzheimer's is the only disease among the Top 10 causes of death in America that currently cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
* Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.
* Over 16 million people are serving as caregivers for someone with a form of dementia.
* In 2019, Alzheimer's will cost the United States $290 billion. This number is expected to rise to over $1.1 trillion by 2050.
In October 2017, Dad lost his battle against the excruciating effects of Lewy Body's (a devastating combination of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), and still there is no foolproof way to prevent or cure the disease. The Alzheimer's Association needs our help more than ever. Please join me and make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Your contribution in any amount makes a difference.
Thank you for joining me in the fight against Alzheimer's. You honor my father's memory with your generosity and commitment.
With love and appreciation,
Rebecca Blake Osborne
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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