Growing up in Pittsburgh, my first experience knowing someone with Alzheimer’s was when my great-grandmother Mammam Miller lived with our family. After dinner together, she would tell us she was ready to return home. She was in her 90’s and physically frail, but firm in her belief that the trolley stopped in front of our house and determined to ride the next one home. Even at that young age, it was easy to see and understand the impact it had on our her and our family. As recently as two years ago, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body dementia. Many people like you and I have family members with Alzheimer’s. Or know friends, neighbors, or co-workers who are caring for spouses, parents, or loved ones with this devastating disease.
Today, one in 10 people age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s dementia. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia. As the number of older Americans grows rapidly, so too will the number of new and existing cases of Alzheimer’s. The disease can take an overwhelming emotional, financial, and physical toll on families.
I am riding my bike 333 miles from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh to raise money desperately needed to fund medical research to fight Alzheimer’s. Started 15 years ago, the Cure for Alzheimer’s Fund has raised $94 million dollars to fund research to stop Alzheimer’s. The organization’s founders and Board of Directors pay for all administrative and overhead expenses so that 100% of all donations go to research. With your help we can reach our goal of raising $3,333. Your contribution will lead to significant advancements in early prediction, prevention, and effective intervention leading to a cure.