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This was a year of firsts for the Alzheimer's Association® and the Alzheimer's movement — a year of exciting, tangible results, drawing further momentum to a growing cause. But this wave of groundbreaking achievements was not attained alone; rather, it was the result of collective action, generous investment and firm commitment from our constituents and donors, accomplished in partnership with our nationwide organization, which includes more than 80 chapters.

In fiscal year 2012, we made bold inroads in research, hosting the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2011 (AAIC®) in Paris, drawing 5,600 members of the Alzheimer's scientific community to the world's leading forum on dementia research. In front of a record-breaking crowd, then-President of France Nicolas Sarkozy addressed attendees, praising their dedicated efforts to advance Alzheimer's science around the globe. We displayed our commitment to advancing research by awarding our largest-ever grant — $4.2 million — to the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network Trials Unit (DIAN TU), a study designed to test methods of prevention in individuals with a rare, genetic form of Alzheimer's who have yet to display symptoms of the disease. It is believed that by studying this unique group, we can make discoveries that will change the way we treat Alzheimer's, not only for them, but also among the larger population.

The Association made unprecedented progress in public policy, spearheading an effort to shape the first-ever National Alzheimer's Plan, released in May 2012. In more than 130 town hall meetings across the country, we asked Americans struggling with Alzheimer's to tell us what should be included in the plan and delivered these ideas to the administration in a special report, Alzheimer's From the Frontlines: Challenges a National Alzheimer's Plan Must Address. In addition, the annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum drew more than 700 Alzheimer's advocates from all 50 states — our largest-ever group — to Washington, D.C., where together they made 473 visits to elected officials to speak about Alzheimer's-related legislation.

We created innovative ways to enhance care and support, harnessing popular technology to reach a growing audience and provide them with targeted tools. AlzConnected® gives users access to a supportive online community through message boards, public and private groups, and solution-based dialogue between site participants. Alzheimer's Navigator, a new online tool, asks those facing the disease questions to determine their needs and access relevant resources. In addition, the online Dementia & Driving Resource Center provides tools, videos and tips to help with the difficult issue of driving for those living with Alzheimer's.

We elevated concern and awareness of the disease to new levels through efforts such as the inaugural World Alzheimer's Month in September 2011, a four-week initiative to raise the global profile of Alzheimer's through media and consumer outreach. We continued to publish our annual Facts and Figures report, a guide to the latest in Alzheimer's prevalence that serves to inform the public and the media. And we grew in our ability to shine a spotlight on the disease, escalating the urgency of the cause through glamorous, high-profile events such as the National Alzheimer's Dinner, honoring Coach Pat Summitt; Hilarity for Charity, co-hosted by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller; Part the Cloud, organized by Zenith Society member Mikey Hoag and featuring a performance by Tony Bennett; and "An Evening with Glen Campbell" on Capitol Hill.

And, with the generosity of donors at all levels — ranging from direct mail contributions to transformative major gifts — we grew in our ability to fuel mission activities, raising more than $249 million organization-wide for Alzheimer's care, support and research. We launched Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the new brand and event day experience for our signature fundraising event, achieving increased participation and raising more than $47 million. In year one of The Longest Day®, this team event showed great potential, helping us to reach a new and even wider audience interested in do-it-yourself activities. And our annual galas continued to grow, drawing in greater dollars as their reach expanded.

This was a year of firsts — a year of records set and goals met for the Alzheimer's Association and the movement to end this disease. You are the force behind this incredible year, moving us solidly closer to our goals, including our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease. And with your continued determination and participation, we will continue to move forward until we have achieved it.

Harry Johns
President and CEO

Edward Berube
Chair, National Board of Directors