Alzheimer’s, which rivals cancer as the second most deadly disease in the US, is costing us dearly – both economically and emotionally.
Yet Alzheimer’s research receives relatively little funding – a mere $550 million compared to $5.7 billion for cancer research. Increasing funding for Alzheimer’s research is the way to find an effective treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s.
Senators have drafted a powerful letter urging their colleagues who are writing the FY15 budget to support more research for Alzheimer’s disease and increase support for caregivers, but the deadline for your Senators to add their names is this Thursday, April 3rd.
The Collins-Klobuchar resolution urges Congress to double research funding at the NIH in FY15 as part one of a five-year plan to commit $2 billion in annual Alzheimer’s research funding by 2019.
If Congress does not dramatically increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease, we could see Alzheimer’s deaths rise to one million a year.
Please urge your Senators to join Senators Collins and Klobuchar in calling for a doubling of research funding for Alzheimer’s at the NIH in the FY15 budget and a ramp up to $2 billion per year by 2019.
Thank you for helping to stop this devastating disease.