Alzheimer's Assocaiton, Rep. Markey Join American Music Legend, Glen Campbell in Fight To End Alzheimer's
Glen Campbell to perform and advocate for Alzheimer’s disease at the Library of Congress –
CHICAGO, May 14, 2012 – The Alzheimer’s Association is honored to host a special evening dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of Alzheimer’s with Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and featuring the country music-legend Glen Campbell and his family. The invitation-only event on Capitol Hill on May 16, 2012 is an opportunity to educate members of Congress about Alzheimer’s disease. The evening will also offer a personal glimpse into the Campbell family’s courageous effort to bring awareness to the disease.
“To have Glen Campbell and his family join forces with the Alzheimer’s Association to inform Congress of the impact of this disease, is a historic moment,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association. “We praise Glen and his family for their courage in adding their voices to so many others who want meaningful change when it comes to this disease and look forward to the release of the first ever Plan for Alzheimer’s in America.”
Today, an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease and that number is expected to grow to more than 16 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death and the only disease in the top-ten without a way to prevent, cure or slow its progression. The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to work with all members of Congress especially the co-Chairs of the Alzheimer’s Congressional Task Force including Rep. Markey, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority.
“Thanks to the courage of champions like Glen and Kim Campbell and their entire family, America will know that we can and must meet the bold goal to prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease by 2025,” said Rep. Markey, co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. “In 2010, I authored legislation that would create the first National Alzheimer’s Plan. I was joined by members from both parties and in both chambers in Congress. Now, we have a strong, comprehensive national strategy to address this devastating disease, and I am truly honored to welcome Glen Campbell and his family here in Washington to share their story with my colleagues on Capitol Hill.”
Filmmakers, James Keach and Trevor Albert, will be joining the Campbell family on Capitol Hill as part of a feature length documentary about Glen Campbell's extraordinary career and his heroic and very public battle with Alzheimer's.
For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900.
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