The Judy Fund is thankful for you!
The Gelfand family is thankful for your ongoing support of The Judy Fund. They are pictured here for the wedding celebration of Jackie Stearns and Spencer Jarrold.
Dear Family and Friends,

As we prepare to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, we all have much to be thankful for. I'm incredibly grateful for family and friends like you who, by supporting The Judy Fund, continue to honor all who have been affected by this disease and to move closer to the Alzheimer's Association vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Thanks to you, we have raised nearly $10 million to end Alzheimer's, and there's no stopping our extraordinary forward momentum. With your help, we can reach this incredible fundraising goal. Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity to The Judy Fund!
Pictured here are Judy Jaffe Gelfand (R), and her mother, Gertrude Jaffe (L). They are Gelfand family matriarchs who both lost their lives to Alzheimer's.
Help us get to $10 million! Every act of generosity counts on #GivingTuesday.
I know there are many causes dear to your heart, but I wanted to ask: Will you please support The Judy Fund for #GivingTuesday, November 29? This international day of giving is the perfect time to continue your commitment to end Alzheimer's disease and help us reach our $10 million goal!

Like so many of you, the Gelfand family knows firsthand how cruel Alzheimer's is, having lost two matriarchs — my mother Judy and grandmother Gertrude — to the disease. We know that this disease disproportionately affects women, which is why The Judy Fund is committed to funding women's brain research, for all the matriarchs, all around the world. We know that together, we are making a difference.

As Maria C. Carrillo Ph.D., Alzheimer's Association chief science officer, said, "We are on the verge of something truly transformational. The first survivor of Alzheimer's disease may be reading this now. It's not a matter of if we will find an answer; it's a matter of when."

Thank you in advance for your support on this important day, to help us kick off this season of giving and get us to $10 million!

The Judy Fund National Team hits its stride for Walk to End Alzheimer's®!
The Judy Fund National Walk Team shatters $50,000 fundraising goal!
Thanks to our Walk to End Alzheimer's teams nationwide, The Judy Fund has now raised more than $51,400 — (and counting)! Working together, more than 300 participants helped us exceed our original goal and nearly all of our teams raised more than last year. We even saw new teams that walked to support a "Judy" in their own lives. And we're not done yet. Teams that did not reach their goal yet still have until December 31 to raise funds, and you still have the opportunity to participate by donating support. If you'd like to support The Judy Fund, you can click here to make a gift to any of our Walk teams. A big THANK YOU and congratulations go out to all of our teams!

Pictured here are Rose Nelson (center) with her parents, Ivo and Veronica Tombazzis.
Donor Spotlight: Rose Nelson
Rose Nelson met Elizabeth in 2007, during her children's middle and high school years, while working on the PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) together. "As PTSA president, Elizabeth inspired so many parents to get involved with the organization," Rose says.

Elizabeth also inspired Rose when sharing details about The Judy Fund and their crucial efforts in the fight against Alzheimer's. "When I discovered The Judy Fund, I realized how critical funding is in order to bolster cutting-edge research efforts and provide education on decreasing one's Alzheimer's risk," Rose explains.

For Rose, like so many of us, Alzheimer's is personal. "When my mom was diagnosed at 82 years old in 2010, it was the most overwhelming and devastating feeling. I had no idea how this would affect our lives," she says. The disease was life-changing for Rose and her family. "Uncertainty of the future became a daily thought," she shares. Rose contacted the Alzheimer's Association in Cleveland — where her parents lived — and they provided valuable support and resources for her family.

"My father was my mom's caregiver and never left her side until she passed away at 92 years old. He supported the Alzheimer's Association in Cleveland for many years in her honor," says Rose.

Rose has carried on his legacy of giving back by donating to several causes close to her heart, including The Judy Fund, and by participating in her local Walk to End Alzheimer's event in Santa Monica, California. "I love being part of Walk to support the Alzheimer's Association and The Judy Fund. It's an inspiration to see the large group of Elizabeth's family and friends walking for the most important cause in our world today – to end Alzheimer's. Judy Gelfand would be so very proud of her daughter!"

Across campuses nationwide, the men of Sigma Alpha Mu (ΣAM) continue to rally behind The Judy Fund in support of the fight against Alzheimer's.
The Judy Fund is grateful for Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity
In 2005, Sigma Alpha Mu (ΣAM) Fraternity chose The Judy Fund as their national charity, and have shown unwavering support ever since. The Judy Fund is honored by the commitment and success of Sammy students and alums who have adopted our cause. Year after year, they strive to do more for The Judy Fund, and they always succeed.

This month, the Sammies "got growing" again by participating in No Shave November for The Judy Fund — their signature fundraising event for The Longest Day. Chapters and alumni groups around the country have been growing out their facial hair for the entire month and asking family, friends and others to sponsor their efforts. So far, they have raised more than $279,044 from this effort alone since 2014, and we look forward to seeing how much the event "grows" this year as well. The Judy Fund is so grateful for their remarkable efforts and long legacy of generosity that has moved the cause forward for over a decade!

We are so grateful for our beloved Sammies and everyone reading this email, without whom none of our success would be possible. Happy Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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