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Dear Friend,

Thanks to you, 2012 may go down as a watershed year in the fight to stop Alzheimer's. Together, we have begun to change the intolerable "business-as-usual" approach to Alzheimer's disease in Washington. In 2012:

  • The Obama Administration made an historic commitment to prevent and treat Alzheimer's by 2025. An amazing, groundbreaking goal for our country, one that could save millions of lives, and the first disease-specific, outcomes-oriented goal ever.

  • The National Institutes of Health committed a special $50 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research – the first such increase for a specific disease in recent years. Plus, Congress appropriated a second round of funding to support Alzheimer's-related research at the Defense Department.

  • Tens of thousands of you signed the Stop Alzheimer's PetitionStop Alzheimer's Petition, galvanizing our community and building momentum for this movement. We're showing the media and elected officials that it's time to stop this disease and halt the molasses pace of efforts to date.

We are all in this battle together. These successes wouldn't have been possible without your commitment and your personal engagement. You shared your stories. You emailed and called your lawmakers. You reached out to friends, family, and co-workers to engage them in this fight. Defeating Alzheimer’s is a team sport and will require our collective commitment and voice. And we won’t stop until Alzheimer’s is stopped.

You are a critical part of this movement – and we’re going to need you more than ever during the next few months to stop Congress from making drastic cuts in research funding. The recent "fiscal cliff deal" only delayed the very real possibility of deep cuts to disease-stopping research. We must prevent these cuts and demand increased funding for Alzheimer’s research, starting with the additional $80 million the Obama administration pledged for Alzheimer’s research in 2013.

It's outrageous that in the debt-and-deficit debates in Washington, not a single politician is talking about how curing this disease will reduce costs, to the tune of trillions of dollars. Like the fights against polio and HIV/AIDS, where treatments saved hundreds of billions of dollars, it is time for Congressional leaders to wake up to the fiscal consequences of what's at stake in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Millions are struggling with this disease and other dementias, and the numbers are only growing at tsunami speed and strength. So let's double down, get to work, and make 2013 another banner year in this fight.

If you have two minutes right now, you can start today. Please forward the message below about the Stop Alzheimer's Petition to five people. Your brother-in-law, the person who sits next to you at work, your high school best friend, your aunt, your niece. No doubt you can come up with five people who you think want to join you in fighting this deadly disease. You can also share the Petition on Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s what you can do right now. If you have two minutes to spare, you can start today by signing the Stop Alzheimer's Petition. Join us to tell our political leaders that their same, anemic, "business-as-usual" response is a recipe for never ending Alzheimer's. It's time to do much, much more to stop the disease we know is the great public health crisis of our time. And then forward the message below to everyone on your email list and engage them in the fight.

Alzheimer's stole the life and spirit of Trish's vibrant mother, Bea Lerner. What began for us as a personal vendetta now has become a full-on war that we refuse to lose. Together, as a nation, we've accomplished incredible feats – sending a man to the moon, curing polio, and mapping the human genome. If we set our minds, our energy, and our hearts to this, we can once again achieve the improbable.

Thanks again for everything you do to stop Alzheimer's. Your efforts will be needed in the coming weeks and months more than ever before.

Best wishes for the New Year,

George and Trish Vradenburg




Dear friend,

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that robs millions of individuals and their families of the past, present, and future. It slowly steals one's intellect, ability to communicate, independence, and dignity – even control over basic bodily functions like eating and caring for personal hygiene. It also places an overwhelming burden on caregivers – emotionally, physically, and financially.

It's not enough just to take care of those already afflicted with Alzheimer's... we need to stop this disease once and for all. Of the ten most deadly diseases, only Alzheimer's has no disease-modifying treatment or cure. The best and brightest researchers believe we can stop the disease in the coming decade, but only if our country dramatically changes course!

We can't wait any longer. To actually stop Alzheimer's, we must come together and act. That's why I've joined with USAgainstAlzheimer's and others in the Alzheimer's community to fight for immediate, bold action to stop the disease.

Will you join me and sign the Stop Alzheimer's Petition today? Click on the link below to raise your voice with USAgainstAlzheimer's:


Thank you!

USAgainstAlzheimer's is a community of enraged and engaged individuals who have been touched by Alzheimer's disease and are committed to the bold and attainable goal of ending Alzheimer's by 2020.

We are caregivers, advocates, family members, researchers, and more, united by our frustration at a broken status quo and dedicated to mobilizing individuals to raise awareness of the human toll and fiscal crisis and to demand transformative policies to stop the disease.

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