Dear Family and Friends,
So much has changed since the Covid19 Pandemic started in March 2020. With optimism, it appears that we are finally getting ahead of all the disruptions associated with Covid. I hope this message finds you, your family, and your loved ones healthy and happy.
I wanted to let you know that I am still actively involved with the Alzheimer's Association raising awareness about the disease. In fact, I am increasing my efforts to support this cause. This year I volunteered as a co-captain for Qualcomm's "5G is HERE" team. As a co-captain, we organized a virtual webinar on Brain health to celebrate Brain Health month in June. We partner with the local Alzheimer's Association to host two on-site events to drive awareness of the cause and promote the upcoming Walk. I hope you will support me by joining our walk team if you are in San Diego or donating to my fundraising campaign.
This is my fourth year of fundraising for the Walk to end Alzheimer's! Why is supporting this cause important to me, and possibly to you too? The sad facts are that Alzheimer's affects more than 6 million people, deaths between 2000 and 2019 from Alzheimer's have increased by 145%, and heart disease has decreased by 7.3%. Like all other diseases, Alzheimer's doesn't discriminate. It affects all races and ethnicities. The impact is growing fast, and we need to help researchers find a cure to stop this disease from spreading uncontrollably. More than ever, I want to spread awareness of this disease and do more to make a difference in the journey to end Alzheimer's. More than ever, I need your support to help this dedicated team reach closer to finding a cure for this global disease every day. Together, we can make a difference.
Alzheimer's Association's Mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia!
I know I am competing for your donation money with many other great causes, and I would be honored if I could earn your donation again this year. Understanding how the disease affects us, it is also essential to understand how the Organization utilizes its funds. In summary, the Association raised 6% more in revenue, reduced fundraising activities expenses by 1%, and increased programmatic activities and new scientific investigation projects in 2021. I feel proud of how the Organization spent our hard-earned fundraising money, increasing revenue, expanding research and support while reducing fundraising expenses. Let me share more stats with you.
Total funds raised in 2021 were ~$406 Million vs. ~$385 Million in 2020
• 79% of the funds were used for programmatic activities in 2021 vs. 78% in 2020
- 30% of the funds were used for care and support.
- 30% were used for concerns and to raise awareness
• Only 4% of the Organization's budget is used on administrative expenses. This is slightly lower than other comparable disease research associations
• 17% of the Organization's budget is used for fundraising activities in 2021 vs. 18% in 2020. This is, again, slightly lower by one percent than other similar disease research associations.
• $59 Million invested in 253 new scientific investigations in 2021 vs. $47 Million and 139 new scientific investigations in 2020
I am impacted personally by the disease. My mom passed away 20 years ago from complications associated with dementia. I deeply regret not knowing more about dementia, spending enough time with her in her final months, and being there when she needed me most. It has been tough thinking back to what she had to go through by herself. I don't know if I can ever forgive myself for this mistake. I didn't know much about dementia then, and still learning more about it now. I know it can take away what's most precious of one's existence - our memories and sense of self! It can devastate people who love us! It can kill! At the same time, I understand the agony families of patients with Alzheimer's disease have to endure. I know it's not easy, and I wanted you to know about various resources offered by the Alzheimer's Association to families and caregivers. We are victims of this disease, too.
I'm committed to raising awareness and raising funds to support Alzheimer'seducation, research, and cure, and I would be grateful if you support my fundraising efforts. You can help in two ways:
1. Join me in the fight against Alzheimer's by walking with me at Liberty Station on October 8th. Come by the Qualcomm tent at 9am to meet up, and the Walk starts at 9:30am.
2. Help me reach my fundraising goal by donating to my Fundraising Page. http://act.alz.org/goto/UNG
Let's start now to end Alzheimer's. I would love for you to share my post on social media to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease.
Thank you for supporting me, and joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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