Annual Invitational Cardboard Boat Race Sept. 4, 2012 By Steve Tarter Peoria Journal Star PEORIA — You probably don't name a boat the Titanic - even with the Illinois River free of icebergs - if you expect to win a race. History repeated itself Monday at the Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club, 5102 N. Galena Road, at the Invitational Cardboard Boat Race benefiting the Central Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The Titanic, an entry from National Marine, capsized almost immediately. But four other cardboard contestants paddled off for a race that had to be decided by a dramatic finish. Click here to read the full story.
Two big Alzheimer's events this weekend; Walk Sunday Aug. 14, 2012 LaSalle News Tribune The Central Illinois chapter of Alzheimer’s Association is seeking more participants at its big Illinois Valley event, the 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration begins at noon. Last year, more than 200 people participated and raised $27,359 for the chapter. “This money is vital to funding the chapter’s programs and services for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their families. It also supports crucial Alzheimer’s research efforts and clinical trials. More than 5.9 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one that cannot be prevented, treated or cured,” said Angela Green, director of public relations for the chapter. Click here to read the full story.
Kickapoo Creek Winery Hosts Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Association
July 29, 2012 By Sophie Nielson-Kolding WMBD/WYZZ TV PEORIA COUNTY -- The Kickapoo Creek Winery hosted a benefit concert Sunday for the Alzheimer's Association. Three bands played while visitors kicked back and relaxed with a glass of wine and some food. The Association is mostly funded through donations. Development Director Jamie Messmore said events like this help the organization stay on it's feet. "Ten dollars is a small donation as you call it, but all that definitely adds up and is fantastic, and we rely on those donations. With events like this year-round as well and Kickapoo Creek is donating everything to us so that's absolutely fantastic and we certainly value that support from the community," Messmore said. The Alzheimer's Association hopes to double last year's earnings and raise at least two-thousand dollars. It's the third annual concert. Click here to watch the video on this story.
"Wine tasting event raises money for Alzheimer's Association" July 30, 2012 By JUSTIN GLAWE of the Peoria Journal Star
EDWARDS — John Lennon once opined that all we need is love, but as a man sang those words Sunday at a fundraiser for the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, it was apparent that the emotion is not enough to fight the devastating disease. Money for research and volunteers for clinical trials are needed to combat Alzheimer's, a degenerative disease that affects the lives of an increasing number of Americans. Nikki Vulgaris-Rodriguez, executive director of the association's local chapter, presided over a wine-tasting event Sunday afternoon at Kickapoo Creek Winery. While it won't raise as much money as larger events, such as the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's, Sunday's festivities fell under the category of "every little bit helps." Click here to read the rest of this story.
_________________________________________________ "Peoria doctor makes key strides in Alzheimer's research" July 17, 2012 By JUSTIN GLAWE of the Peoria Journal Star
PEORIA — A reduction of plaque in the brains of mice may one day result in a vaccine for those susceptible to Alzheimer's disease, and a Peoria doctor is among those who have made significant progress in curtailing the disease-causing deposits.
The work of Dr. Ken Fukuchi, a researcher and professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in the amount of plaque in his rodent subjects. Amyloid plaque deposits have been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
Fukuchi joined about 5,000 other researchers from around the world who are fighting the disease at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver this week to share information. Those include new findings on early warning signs and new therapies that might slow the disease's progression. Click here to read the rest of this story.
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The following is an excerpt from a news release the Alzheimer's Association issued regarding Public Act 97-0768:
The Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter Network commends Gov. Pat Quinn’s signing of Public Act 97-0768 on Monday. The act renews Illinois’ commitment to public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. This act is an update to the Alzheimer’s disease Assistance Act, an initiative of the Illinois General Assembly. It includes revised definitions and statistics to reflect current knowledge of Alzheimer’s prevalence as well as the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers. More than 210,000 Illinoisans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and 5.4 million nationwide. It is the sixth-leading cause of death of Americans, and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. In this country, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. A staggering 16 million Americans are expected to have the disease by 2035. A revised Alzheimer’s disease Assistance Act will ensure relevance and improve Illinois’ response to this emerging epidemic. It will strengthen the Alzheimer’s disease Advisory Committee planning process. Representatives from the Illinois Department of Health, members of the Illinois General Assembly, or other interested parties may convene hearings statewide for the purpose of educating the public as well as soliciting and gathering feedback from researchers, caregivers and those with the disease. The updated act also will provide the framework to build a dementia-capable state. To learn more about the criteria for a dementia-capable state, go to http://www.alz.org/illinois/ and click on Advocate in the left-hand column.
By STEVE EIGHINGER Quincy Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Quincy Country Club will be the new site of the annual pro-am golf tournament sponsored by the Quincy Area Branch of the Alzheimer's Association.
The 11th edition of the fundraiser is scheduled for July 20, preceded by a July 19 cocktail reception, dinner and auction at Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange, Mo.
The first 10 years of the tournament were played at Spring Lake Country Club.
"We had a very enjoyable relationship with Spring Lake, and look forward to fostering a new relationship with Quincy Country Club," said Jamie Messmore, the pro-am chairman and development director for the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. ...