The reason we advocates are so adamant about funding specifically for research is, you must conduct many, many, many hours of research in order to find the cure for Alzheimer's. Also, to recruit scientists and research teams for the much needed research efforts, you must have the secured funding in place.
The National Alzheimer's Project Act (passed unanimously by Congress in December of 2010 and signed into law by President Obama in January of 2011) has put funding, legislation, and (most importantly) research into motion so that we will have a cure for Alzheimer's by 2025.
At 20 years old, I have already lost FOUR family members to this cruel epidemic.
I refuse to just stand by and let it take anymore.
Hearing the applause, cheers and commitment from these 1,400 champions of the cause reminds me daily why I do what I do.
Seeing a room full of 20 somethings that also care for this cause as much as I do brings me so much joy and encouragement. The young advocates that fight daily across our country for the memories of their parents, grandparents, other family members and friends is so poignant as to the severity of this disease.
This year, almost 500,000 more people will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's than last year.
That means, someone is developing Alzheimer's every 66 seconds.
That also means that this disease will cost $236 Billion to our government- just this year.
These 1,400 advocates that travelled all the way to our nation's capitol share the same vision that I do:
A world without Alzheimer's Disease.
But that vision begins with a world that has a cure.
That cure can only be found through effective research, and that research so desperately needs funding. To effectively research and find that cure by the year 2025, the NIH needs 2 billion dollars.
I am so thrilled to say we are well on our way to making that happen!
So to cap off this blog, I'm excited to announce my partnership with the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's. I had the chance to hear from several representatives of this organization at the Forum and was so moved to hear the passion and drive that these young champions possess to end this disease.
Below is my message of support for this organization. If you or someone you know is interested in partnering with the Youth Movement, shoot me an email on the contact page and I'll point you in the right direction.