A powerful Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum – March 2015

The Judy Fund
Dear Friends and Family,

From March 23-25, more than 1,000 advocates traveled from across the country to join the 2015 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C.. This is an inspiring moment in time in which all these voices, along with yours at home, aim to accomplish things together that none of us could ever achieve alone: improving care and support for all those affected and ultimately changing the very course of Alzheimer's disease.

We take the Hill! Elizabeth and George-Ann Hyams begin our day of advocacy by meeting with our California legislators.

Beginning my time in D.C., I was proud to reconnect with Senator Ed Markey from MA (pictured in photo). Sen. Markey presented The Judy Fund with the Eunice and Sargent Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award at the 2014 Forum in D.C. last year during the Ambassador Luncheon.

The Judy Fund is proud to continue to fund the Alzheimer's Association Ambassador
program and watch it grow each year. While at this year's luncheon, I heard gratitude
from many Ambassadors, who are thankful to The Judy Fund donors for their generosity
in funding this landmark program.

"Even though the Alzheimer's Association Ambassador program is just a few years
old, it's already had a major impact on healthcare policy in our nation. From the
creation of a National Alzheimer's Plan to passage of the Alzheimer's Accountability
Act, Ambassadors have led our grassroots efforts in Congress. Ambassadors
continue to be voice multipliers in an army of advocates around the county who
work tirelessly to make Alzheimer's a national priority with our elected leaders."

–John Funderburk
, director of advocacy at the Alzheimer's Association

Closing out the Advocacy Forum in incredible fashion was the National Dinner, hosted by none other than Wolf Blitzer, CNN's lead political anchor.

Lisa Genova, author of "Still Alice",
was honored with the Sargent
and Eunice Shriver
Profiles in Dignity Award.
"Still Alice" Update
At this year's 87th Annual Academy Awards, we watched Julianne Moore win the Oscar for Best Actress. Playing the title character in the film "Still Alice," Moore's poignant portrayal of a woman diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease touched so many.
Backstage at the Academy Awards, I took a moment with Dagmar Dolby and Kim and Ashley Campbell celebrating "Still Alice" and
Glen Campbell's heart wrenching song,
"I'll Be Me" at the Oscars.

On March 18, celebrities and supporters of the Alzheimer's Association came together for the 23rd
annual "A Night at Sardi's" in Hollywood. This extraordinary event, hosted by former National Board
Director Laurie Burrows Grad and her husband, Peter Grad, honored the filmmakers and cast of
"Still Alice" with the Abe Burrows Entertainment award.

It's only April and I can feel the energy picking up for a very full year in working together to defeat Alzheimer's disease. We are continually grateful for your support of The Judy Fund and look forward to big things ahead!

Stay tuned, there are so many more wins to come!

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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You can read more about all the exciting things happening in our recent newsletter.

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