I think you know where I'm going with this. How could we discover a vaccine so quickly for Covid, but still not have a cure for a disease that's plaguing over 6 million people annually in the U.S? This disease kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined. Heart disease has declined 7% over the past 10 years, while Alzheimer's diagnoses have increased over 145%!! Last but not least, over 11 million of our amazing caregivers have given billions of hours of unpaid care to their loved ones suffering from this disease. If we can find a vaccination for Covid in a single year, why can't we find a cure for a disease killing us at an exponential rate??
Here's my personal connection with the disease and this is what truly keeps me fighting to find a cure...
57 years young was the age my mom...best friend, role model, and loving mother...was diagnosed with Early On-set Alzheimer's Disease in 2006. I was 33 years old at the time and in complete denial that Alzheimer's could strike someone so young. After understanding more about the disease, I became angry because no treatments, cures, or survivors existed. It wasn't fair to be losing my mom so young and I had yet to get married or have any children for her to adore.
Soon I found comfort with the life-changing resource of the Alzheimer's Association. This organization provided me an outlet for my anger and turned it into motivation to make a difference for those touched by the disease. I became a Team Lead for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in 2009 and raised some awareness and money towards the cause but it wasn't enough. I wanted to make a true impact so I put 100% effort into fundraising, volunteering, advocating and educating many people on a local and national level. I just wanted to help find a cure before I completely lost my mom.
Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join my team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
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