Dear Edmonson Voice Editor:
Year after year, our Members of Congress are requested to support many issues. While Alzheimer’s is just one of the many causes they hear about, it’s personal to me. As some who was has lost two grandparents that were diagnosed with this disease, I am one of the millions of Americans who has experienced the emotional, physical, and financial heartache that dementia has on an individual and their family. I know there are more ways to help families like mine, and that’s why I work with Alzheimer’s association of Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter.
Thanks to my Senator Rand Paul, 2019 will always be a year to remember in our fight to end Alzheimer’s. On December 20, 2019, due to the bipartisan support of our congressional leaders, a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $10 million to the BOLD infrastructure for Alzheimer’s act was SIGNED INTO LAW! This HUGE milestone has brought our annual federal funding for Alzheimer’s to $2.8 billion a more than six fold increase since 2011. For me, this is more than just a bill passing in Congress- these additional dollars offer real hope to families like mine as we search for a cure for our nation’s most devastating and expensive disease.
This exciting news has left me feeling more energized and inspired to work with our elective officials in the year ahead, and I hope you feel the same way! Please join me in thanking Senator Paul for his leadership in prioritizing the eradication of Alzheimer’s in 2019. I look forward to continuing this momentum in 2020 with both Senator Paul and Senator McConnell, as well as our other Congressman representing Kentucky. Happy New Year!
Smiths Grove, KY
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