The Judy Fund: Research. Advocacy. Results.
The Judy Fund Walk team is now 52 teams strong with 66% of our overall $50K goal raised - and counting!
Dear Family and Friends,

Alzheimer's is an incredibly complex disease, but together, we're making progress to unlock its secrets. Thanks to over 2,000 donors nationwide, The Judy Fund has raised and invested over $8 million to support the research, care and advocacy efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Who shares in the credit for this success? Friends like you! We couldn't do any of this work without you, and all of us at The Judy Fund are grateful for your continued engagement and support.
Alzheimer’s Ambassadors work with legislators nationwide, year-round to seek increases in research and care and support programs.
Ambassadors advocate for funding
For a long time, funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Alzheimer's research was stagnant. In 2016, the NIH spent $5.6 billion on cancer research; $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research and $2.1 billion on cardiovascular disease research — but only $991 million on Alzheimer's research. That is one of the reasons why The Judy Fund donors fund the Ambassadors Program, which boasts over 507 Alzheimer's Association advocates who work with legislators nationwide, year-round. Our Ambassadors hold meetings with elected officials sharing their personal stories of how Alzheimer's has affected them, and calling on Congress to increase research funding at the NIH. Thanks to the Alzheimer's Association, its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM) and its dedicated nationwide network of advocates, Congress has increased our nation's investment. Following three years of historic funding increases, today Alzheimer's research funding at the NIH is $1.9 billion.
Your support of The Judy Fund helps fund innovative research on Alzheimer's disease.
Research pursues answers
In addition to supporting Alzheimer's advocacy, The Judy Fund directly invests in cutting-edge Alzheimer's research. Support from The Judy Fund has sponsored 13 Alzheimer's Association peer-reviewed research projects. These studies pursue answers to important scientific questions about the causes of Alzheimer's disease, strategies for prevention and detection and the best approaches to treatment and care. Take a moment to read a summary of the research sponsored by The Judy Fund.
The SAM Beta Chapter at Cornell University poses at the Promise Garden of their local Walk.
There's still time to join The Judy Fund Walk Team
If you haven't registered to walk with The Judy Fund to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association, you still have time to participate! We have 52 Walk teams this year, including 25 Sigma Alpha Mu Chapters and two Alumni teams! Sigma Alpha Mu raised over $95,000 for The Judy Fund during the 2017-18 academic year, and they are poised to build on that incredible success again this year. These outstanding young men would be honored to have you join them to raise funds and awareness for the fight against this devastating disease. Please check our teams and locations and join us at a Walk near you to help us reach our $50,000 goal!
Thank you for your continued support of The Judy Fund and all the important work you make possible through your generosity. The end of Alzheimer's starts with us!

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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