Alzheimer's disease is personal! Almost nine years ago, I lost my beloved mother, Paula Shmerler, to the ravages of this hideous illness. I vowed to her, and to my dear father, Edwin, that I would do everything I can to help eradicate Alzheimer's and other dementias. There is simply nothing worse than watching a loved one forget your name, look past you with glazed-over eyes, lose the ability to speak and, quite simply, wither away right in front of you.
Here's why Alzheimer's should be personal for you too. Right now, some five million Americans are living with the disease. By 2050, that number will escalate to 16 million. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease in the top ten that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. In this year alone, the cost of caring for patients with Alzheimer's in this country will total $259 billion. If you don't already know someone suffering from this disease, you will soon. It is a sad, unescapable fact that, as we age, we can't escape. Even worse, two-thirds of Alzheimer's sufferers are women, though we don't know why. We simply must do something now! Alzheimer's is an epidemic, the most urgent public health crisis of our time.
It is because of my passion and commitment to helping fund research to find a cure, or at least treatments, for Alzheimer's that I will be walking with my family in this year's Westchester Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday morning, September 29 at SUNY-Purchase.The good news is that we are now closer than ever to finding a cure, or at least to discovering ways to stall the progression of the disease, but funding for that research continues to lag behind that of every other deadly disease. Once again, I will be Walking with Team Byram Hills/GAGA, the team that our son, Max Levy, founded eight years ago when he was a high school student. To date, this team has raised more than $250,000 and has been the most successful high school fund-raising team in the nation every year. We are quite proud.
I would love for anyone in the area to join us for the Walk on September 29. But, more importantly, I am asking you all to contribute generously to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of my Walk and in memory of my parents. Finding a cure won't be easy but, together, we can fund research that will help. This is personal for all of us and we simply can't wait. We must do it together.
Much love and thanks,
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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