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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Alzheimer's Action Summit off to a Great Start

Excitement started to build as advocates rolled into Washington, D.C. today for the Alzheimer's Association Action Summit. Advocates have come from as far away as Alaska, others from nearby Maryland. They all have one thing in common: they’re all passionate about making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

While working at registration today we heard story after story about the devastating affects of this disease.

We have also heard amazing stories of hope and determination.

A woman from California told me of her mother’s misdiagnosis and subsequent denial of Medicare coverage. This is her third trip to Washington for the Summit and she’ll keep coming back until Alzheimer's is eliminated.

Right now we’re all getting ready to head to the Lincoln Memorial for the Candlelight Tribute Rally. We have passed the 10,000 mark for our “Virtual Candlelight Rally” as well – if you haven’t, please go to http://www.alz.org/virtualrally and light your candle.  If you’re in the D.C. area, please meet us at the Lincoln Memorial!

-Robert Egge

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The Alzheimer’s Association is the 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.


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