The Judy Fund wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you to the extended Ozer family and all who supported The Judy Fund Walk national team, including our New York City team (above).The $56,419 that The Judy Fund national team raised is part of a record-breaking year for Walk to End Alzheimer's — $84 million and counting — to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Dear Family and Friends,

When your family and friends gather for Thanksgiving dinner, give extra thanks and love for the women at your table, who often carry the burden of Alzheimer's disease.

Today, sixty-six percent of the 5.4 million people over the age of 65 living with Alzheimer's in the United States are women, and many women who aren't living with the disease are caring for someone who is. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that two-thirds of caregivers are women, and that many wives are caring not only for their parents, but their husbands' parents, too.

So it's fitting that through The Judy Fund, female scientists and philanthropists are taking the lead on research that can unlock the mysteries of a disease that exacts a disproportionate toll on mothers and grandmothers, sisters and daughters — yielding knowledge that promises to benefit all people living with or at risk for Alzheimer's. The Fall 2017 Judy Fund newsletter is a great source of information on the research we're funding with your generous support of The Judy Fund.
Dr. Maria Carrillo (left) and Dr. Jill Kalman (right) led a Mind&Heart panel discussion in NYC
Alzheimer's Association Zenith Society donors gather for lunch and Mind&Heart discussion
At their October 24 luncheon in New York City, donors at the Alzheimer's Association Zenith Society, the organization's highest and most involved level of philanthropy, enjoyed a panel discussion from Mind&Heart, The Judy Fund Salon Series designed for women of the baby boom generation to raise awareness of how heart and brain health may be connected. The panel was led by Dr. Maria Carillo, Chief Science Officer at the Alzheimer's Association, and Dr. Jill Kalman, the medical director of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, part of the Northwell Health System, and medical director of the patient experience for the health system. Dr. Kalman said, "I'm a cardiologist, so I'm the 'heart,' and the wonderful Dr. Maria Carrillo is the 'mind'." Dr. Kalman and I met at summer camp as young teenagers, and our friendship has not only endured, it has synergized to exert powerful force in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Part of the fun of No Shave November for The Judy Fund is posing for "before" photos prior to shelving their razors for a month. Here, members of Sammy chapters at Cornell University, SUNY Purchase, University of West Florida, University of Maryland, and University of Connecticut show off their clean-shaven look.
The Judy Fund is grateful for Sigma Alpha Mu
The Judy Fund is honored to be the national charity of choice for Sigma Alpha Mu, and we remain impressed by the dedication, creativity and spirit displayed by so many chapters. Despite the demands of collegiate life and careers, Sammy students and alums make time to advance our cause. We are humbled and forever grateful for their help. In addition to Walk to End Alzheimer's, which has just concluded, and No Shave November, which is just getting started with already over $10,000 in funds raised, ΣAM chapters are also holding creative events this fall, including:
  • Pie A Sammy, a pie-throwing contest held October 18 by Sigma Alpha Mu Delta Omega, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • Soak A Sammy, an event held by University of West Florida's Delta Eta Chapter on October 25. Participants lined up to throw water balloons at Sammy targets for $1
  • Jacks For Judy, an annual pumpkin carving, donut and cider event held October 28 by Sigma Alpha Mu Epsilon Omicron, State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase
  • Sammy Sandcastles 2K17, a sandcastle building competition held October 28 by Sigma Alpha Mu Gamma Rho, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • A Sammy Bake Sale event on November 2 held by Sigma Alpha Mu Upsilon, Brooklyn College
  • Sammy Mu Lambda Taco Fundraiser on November 9 held by Sammys at Pennsylvania State University
  • Cause An Effect, a fundraiser given by Stephen F. Austin State University, Epsilon Alpha in partnership with their local Chipotle, which donated 50% of purchases on November 10
The dependable support of Sigma Alpha Mu, combined with your generous commitment, helps The Judy Fund take a leadership role in the fight against this devastating disease. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to let you know how much we appreciate you, and I encourage you to take this opportunity to make a donation to our global efforts to fund gender-specific research focused on women's brains and Alzheimer's.
Earlier this year, the Gelfand family gave a leadership gift of $500,000 through The Judy Fund to advance the Alzheimer's Association Women's Alzheimer's Research Initiative (WARI) and additional gender-based research studies. We invite you to join with us and meet our new goal to raise and grant a total of $10 million for the Alzheimer's Association Women's Alzheimer's Research Initiative. I know we'll get there with friends like you around us and by our side.

We are so grateful for each one of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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