The Walk to End Alzheimers is coming to the North Shore on September 21, as part of a month long program featuring events throughout the country. Below is a press release with more information:
During the month of September, tens of thousands of Americans, including myself, will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events around the county, including over 15,000 individuals in Illinois.
This disease touches my family deeply – my mother, who is 77 years old, was diagnosed with the disease 7 years ago. Her father had it and it took his memories and life at an early age. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America with costs set to skyrocket in the years ahead.
In 2014 the total cost of Alzheimer’s will be $214 billion. Sadly, only 0.25% of this total has been committed to Alzheimer’s research, the only path to reducing this cost. I am walking to raise awareness of the urgency of this national problem.
We are fortunate to live in an area that has the support of leaders in Washington, like Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who has been a co-sponsor of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act and the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act. If you would like to join us during the Walk, please go to alz.org to register as a team or individual participant.
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