07.19.15 IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal Stamp has been reintroduced as part of the Alzheimer’s Action Act. If passed, this would allow for the voluntary purchase of a stamp that would raise funds for critically needed research. Please write or call YOUR representatives and urge them to Help Stamp OUT Alzheimer’s by co-sponsoring HR 3092!
Big news today from Washington!!
Our sincere appreciation goes to Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) as he officially declares his support for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Semipostal Stamp.
According to a press release issued today, Senator Toomey had this to say about the proposed bill.
This is a simple but effective way to help raise funds to research a cure for Alzheimer’s. Most people I meet are familiar with the disease. But they might not know just how widespread it is in our state. Pennsylvania has the fifth most people suffering from Alzheimer’s in the nation.
This is a truly tragic illness that robs its victims of one of their life’s greatest possessions – their memories. Working together with my colleagues in Congress, I am committed to fighting this disease and finding a cure.
The news has been ablaze this past week regarding the recent Rush University Medical Center study which found deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease could number up to SIX times previously report numbers. According to the study, it’s likely that over 500,000 Americans die from AD and related forms of dementia every year, a number exponentially higher than the 84,000 reported in 2010. This makes Alzheimer’s and other dementias the THIRD leading cause of death in our country, behind only cancer and heart disease. Continue reading