Support the Emory ADRC

Compared with the costs and deaths of other major diseases, Alzheimer’s disease has been chronically under-funded by National Institutes of Health. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the country, surpassing both heart disease and cancer.  Furthermore, more people in the US die each year of Alzheimer's disease than do of breast cancer and prostate cancer combined; it is now the third leading cause of death in the country.  Alzheimer’s as a cause of death increased 68 percent from 2000 to 2010, compared with declines of 23 percent for stroke, 8 percent for prostate cancer, 2 percent for breast cancer, 16 percent for heart disease and 42 percent for HIV.

Despite these devastating statistics, NIH annually invests $6 billion in cancer, $ 5 billion in heart disease, and $ 3 billion in HIV AIDS while Alzheimer’s receives only $450 million even though there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow down the disease. Almost four times that amount -- about $2.1 billion a year -- is needed to make a dent in slowing, preventing or treating Alzheimer’s within 10 years.

Your support will help advance our efforts by supporting the basic costs of research and community education programs such as free memory screenings. Philanthropic dollars serve as a critical role to bridging the large funding gap for this disease.