Member since 2015
Vicky Patel's father, Richard Sakers, Sr., was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003. "To see the man he became, while also remembering the man he was, crushed my soul," she says.
Vicky joined the Zenith Society in 2015 with a $1 million gift for research that raised $6.4 million for the Association's full mission through a challenge match. She made a second Zenith-level in 2018 to advance the Association-led U.S. POINTER study .
In addition to investing in research, the northern California resident has been the top fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® out of nearly 500,000 participants nationwide, leading The Poppies team for the San Jose Walk. She also supports the Association's Memories in the Making art therapy program.
"My dad is my inspiration," Vicky says. "He was aware of the donations I've made. He knew about the Walk team named for him. His reaction to these things makes me want to give all that I have to help find a cure for this disease."