Monday, September 21, 2009

35 Million People Around the World Living with Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.
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Today is World Alzheimer's Day and we're working to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and rally friends like you around the globe. I know I often write you with updates, offers and requests for funds. Today I am writing you with a very personal challenge.

If you - a person dedicated to our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease - can help us raise $3,500 today for the 35 million people around the world with Alzheimer's, I will match that entire amount to honor the more than 10 million family caregivers.

Please make your donation today. I also hope you'll consider one of these amounts:
  • $5.30 for the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's
  • $10 for their 10 million Alzheimer caregivers$35 for the 35 million people with Alzheimer's around the world
  • $78 for the 78 million US baby boomers who will be impacted by Alzheimer's disease.
  • $148 for the $148 billion annual societal cost to our nation
  • $428 for the meager $428 million dollars the US government invests in Alzheimer research as compared to $6 billion for cancer, $4 billion for heart disease and $3 billion HIV/AIDS that has resulted in great advances.

I am personally determined to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease and I know you are too. I truly appreciate your support in raising awareness and funds for the advancement of Alzheimer research, care and support.

With heartfelt thanks,

Angela Geiger
Vice President

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