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*** From the Desk of George Vradenburg ***
In just five days, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address. Washington and the nation will pause to hear the president’s vision, and we need him to publicly commit to stopping Alzheimer’s. The nation already has adopted a national plan that sets as goal one preventing and treating Alzheimer’s by 2025. But this is now just 10 years away and much work remains.
President Obama could issue a “moon shot” for ending Alzheimer’s, like John F. Kennedy did for a moon landing in 1961. But it won’t happen absent a relentless push by those impacted by this dreaded disease.
Help us plant a flag for ending Alzheimer’s by adding your voice now. Join with our USAgainstAlzheimer’s networks and thousands of activists nationwide to encourage the president to address Alzheimer’s during his speech.
The annual global cost of treating Alzheimer’s in 2010 was an estimated $604 billion –one percent of global GDP. Without new treatments, the number of Alzheimer’s cases and its associated costs are predicted to quadruple in the next 40 years.
That’s not even mentioning the personal toll it takes on families. More than 5 million Americans suffer from this cruel, unforgiving disease, and their loved ones suffer along with them.
We can’t wait for action. If we are going to stop this terrifying trajectory, we need to get bold. We need leadership.
President Obama has a chance to cast a vision for ending Alzheimer’s during his speech. We need to let him know how important it is that he does.
There’s a path to a cure, but it demands commitment from everyone. If we get it, we’ll beat this disease.