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Letter: Support effort, walk to help end Alzheimer’s


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From: Tim Huffman

Columbus

The efforts of President Obama, Congress and many Alzheimer’s advocates across the United States enabled a funding bill in the 2014 federal budget to include a $122 million increase to become law for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support.

This is a major milestone for the many patients with some form of dementia and for the equally many caretakers of these patients, and we thank all for their hard work.

This will give hope for a better day and for some day a world without Alzheimer’s. But we cannot stop here, as Alzheimer’s can’t wait.

That’s why roughly 900 Alzheimer’s ambassadors and advocates will again descend on Washington, D.C., in early April this year to attend and participate in the 2014 Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum.

We will hear from many speakers, special guests and medical experts to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, share personal stories and be trained on how to meet with and urge U.S. senators and representatives to continue funding the federal budget in 2015 and beyond for Alzheimer’s research. Specifically, we are supporting the current legislation “Hope for Alzheimer’s Act (Senate Bill S. 709 and House Bill H.R. 1507).

This legislation is to increase diagnosis and ensure that newly diagnosed individuals receive the care planning they need. Currently 26 U.S. senators and 165 representatives have co-signed the bill, but we need more.

I am the Alzheimer’s ambassador for the Sixth District in Indiana, represented by U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, and will again be at this year’s forum.

Please join many Alzheimer’s advocates from across the country in Washington, D.C., in early April at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum by urging your senators and representatives to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority.

The 2014 Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Sept. 21 at Mill Race Center, and we would enjoy having your support and having you walk with us.

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