Happy Mother's Day from our family to yours.
On Mother's Day, we recommit to fighting the disease that overwhelmingly strikes women.
Dear Family and Friends,

A flower bouquet from the backyard. A crayon masterpiece. Breakfast in bed. Which sweet Mother's Day gifts that you've received – or given – have a special place in your heart?

On Mother's Day, you have the opportunity to make a gift to all women that will last a lifetime: A generous gift to The Judy Fund to fight Alzheimer's disease.

Thanks to your past support, The Judy Fund has supported the best science to understand why women are more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease. We've funded research to find ways to ensure that our mothers', grandmothers' and sisters' experience with this disease is not passed on to our daughters and granddaughters. But our work is far from over, and we need your help to keep progress moving forward.
The impact of Alzheimer's on women is staggering. That's why The Judy Fund needs your help.
Alzheimer's disease and women: A story that is just beginning to be told
Did you know that a woman's estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's at age 65 is 1 in 5? As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer. There are a number of potential biological and social reasons why more women than men have Alzheimer's or other dementias. The prevailing view has been that this discrepancy is due to the fact that women live longer than men on average, and older age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's. Researchers are now questioning whether the risk of Alzheimer's could actually be higher for women at any given age due to biological or genetic variations or differences in life experiences. Learn more.
At the 2017 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London: The Judy Fund's Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns meets with Dr. Roberta Brinton of the University of Arizona in Tucson and Michaela "Mikey" Hoag, founder of Part the Cloud.
Menopause and Alzheimer's disease: addressing gaps in understanding.
The Judy Fund was thrilled to see a recent Wall Street Journal article on women and Alzheimer's and doubly so that the piece noted the work of Dr. Roberta Brinton. Support from The Judy Fund is critical to the funding of nine Women's Alzheimer's Research Initiative (WARI) Sex and Gender Alzheimer's grants, including Dr. Brinton's, to address gaps in our understanding of how biological sex and related genetic, lifestyle and societal factors may impact vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease. The Wall Street Journal writes: "Roberta Diaz Brinton, director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and senior author of the PLOS One study has been studying why the female brain is at risk for Alzheimer's disease for three decades. She says estrogen therapy may be a useful intervention for women in perimenopause who experience a lot of symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia and depression. Dr. Brinton is studying whether estrogen therapy can lower a woman's risk of Alzheimer's. She is developing an estrogen-only formulation which targets the estrogen receptors in the brain, but not in the breast or uterus. One small clinical trial to be published this year demonstrated the safety of the formulation. Its efficacy against Alzheimer's is now being tested." Read the full article here.
From left: Sigma Alpha Hoops, Sam Mu Psi Oxford Open, Sammy Sundaes
Sammys continue to give their time and support to The Judy Fund
The men of Sigma Alpha Mu continue with creative ideas to raise funds and awareness on campuses nationwide for The Judy Fund's fight against Alzheimer's disease. Here is a small sampling of some of the events our beloved Sammys have recently held:
  • Mu Psi Chapter (Miami University of Ohio) helped raise funds for The Judy Fund during their Annual Mom's Weekend. With the help of their families, Sammys and their peers raised a total of $2,765 with the help of their mothers. Mu Psi also held their "Oxford Open" tennis tournament for The Judy Fund this spring with help from peers on campus.

  • Gamma Psi Chapter (Temple University) held their first-ever "Sigma Alpha Hoops," a March Madness-style tournament on April 9th that raised $3,000 for The Judy Fund.

  • Tau Chapter (University of Alabama) has had a very busy year in Tuscaloosa! They raised $1,000 for The Judy Fund during a social media contest with East Edge in February; the Sammys also hosted a March Madness bracket, a "Pita Pit" fundraiser and a Crawfish Boil.

  • Mu Eta Chapter (Drexel University) hosted "Sammy Sundaes" last month and gave out ice cream to students on campus to help #ENDALZ.

  • Epsilon Alpha Chapter (Stephen F. Austin State University) turned Valentine's Day into an opportunity to support minds and hearts on behalf of The Judy Fund. They raised $1,399 from over 40 participants in their Kendra Scott jewelry raffle.
We look forward to sharing more of their spring philanthropy activities with you in the coming months.
Thank you, Sammys, for this outpouring of support!

On Mother's Day and every day, the Gelfand family and all families affected by Alzheimer's disease are grateful for your support of The Judy Fund.
Happy Mother's Day!

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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