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Take action in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

A new campaign, the first of its kind from the Alzheimer’s Association, aims to educate Americans and compel action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Launched in New York City in April of this year, Colorado’s version of the Champion Campaign launched Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 10:30 am in Denver’s City Park with Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien in support of the 64,000 Coloradoans living with the disease.

The Champions campaign challenges five million Americans to become a Champion – one for every person currently living with the disease – to fight against Alzheimer’s. A Champion is one who will OPEN minds and learn the facts about Alzheimer’s to help us educate others, VOICE support, become an advocate, help spread the word about this disease, and MOVE the Alzheimer’s Association’s cause forward by registering for Walk to End Alzheimer's, donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or volunteering for the chapter.

Colorado Champions

There are many ways you can become a Champion:
Make a donation OPEN hearts, minds and wallets!
Your gift will help fund programs and services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Become an Alzheimer's Advocate VOICE your support!
Help urge lawmakers to fund critical Alzheimer research and support programs.
  MOVE the cause forward!
Attend a special event that benefits the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sign up to be a Champion!
We are enlisting 5 million Champions, one for every American living with Alzheimer's.
Visit http://actionalz.org today.

Colorado Champions

Our Colorado Champions campaign launched with a press conference and gathering of Champion signatures from the Lt. Governor on August 15, 2007 in Denver’s City Park.

The Colorado Champion campaign includes a new portrait exhibit created by Tom Cooper and Lightbox Images featuring such local Celebrities as Governor Bill Ritter, Mayor John Hickenlooper, photographer John Fielder, professional boxer DaVarryl Williamson, and business leaders Jean Galloway, Toti Cadavid and her husband Luis Colon, Susan Barnhill, Helen Ginsburg, Don Murphy, M.D., Carolynn Bond and Moses Brewer. Celebrity Champions in the exhibit also include caregivers of people with the disease and those who have lost family members to Alzheimer’s. (see below for entire list of Celebrity Champions)

CBS4 and Coors are also supporting the Champions campaign with the creation of a video to air on the network affiliate with statements from Colorado’s Celebrity Champions encouraging others to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Other activities planned for the Colorado launch include turning landmarks and buildings in the metro area purple in the coming months starting with Founders Green at Stapleton in August and Denver’s City and County Building in November.

Check out the street signs throughout downtown which carry the Champion campaign messages of Open, Move and Voice all dressed up in the Alzheimer’s Association purple.  (Welton Street 14-17th, Market Street 14-17th Street, Broadway near the World Trade Center, 20th and Blake near Coors Field and Filmore and 2nd in Cherry Creek North)

Thanks to Celebrity Champion and publisher Doug Ottewill, Mile High Magazine is also featuring our print advertisements in the September issue as well as in their publication Stampede which goes to CU Buff Club donors.

Now that the Champions campaign has kicked off in Denver, its important messages will be carried throughout the state by Alzheimer’s Association offices in Colorado Springs, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley and Pueblo later this fall.

Colorado Champions flyer

Champions video

Colorado Celebrity Champions (alpha order):

Susan Barnhill, Board Chair Alzheimer’s Association; Carolynn Bond, Remax International; Moses Brewer, Corporate Relations Coors; Bill and Twyla Bridgwater, person with Alzheimer’s and caregiver; Toti Cadavid, Xcelente Marketing; Luis Colón, Colon Collawn; John Fielder, photographer; Jean Galloway, Galloway Group; Helen Ginsburg, Founder AWARE; Renée Herlocker, former Broncos Cheerleader; Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper; David and Dawn Kessler, caregivers; James Merilatt, President Mile High Sports Magazine; Linda Mitchell, CEO Alzheimer’s Association; Vickie Mohr, caregiver; Dr. Don Murphy, geriatrician; Doug Ottewill, Publisher Mile High Sports Magazine; Colorado Governor Bill Ritter; Reggie Rivers, Sports Reporter CBS4; Jill Sanford, Marketing Coors; Jim Shinto, caregiver; Rebecca Thurston, caregiver; Michelle Torrez, artist; DaVarryl Williamson, professional Boxer.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.