Families Facing Alzheimer’s Find Reason to Hope at Annual Event – Donate and Double Your Impact Today

Alzheimer’s Association Board Member Marty Wilke has been committed to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association since attending the very first Reason to Hope luncheon in 2010 in honor of her dad. “The Reason to Hope luncheon was where I first learned of the critical mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and how they were working to provide resources, education and hope to families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia…in just one hour, Reason to Hope had changed my view of Alzheimer’s and inspired me to become a bigger part of the mission.” Marty is one of many Alzheimer’s Association volunteers dedicating their time and talents providing hope for all those impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Alzheimer’s Association Board Member, Mary Wasik, CBS 2’s Irika Sargent and Reason to Hope Co-Chair Jennifer Convery at Reason to Hope. 

On Thursday, April 7 at 12pm, Marty Wilke joins hundreds of passionate supporters in changing the path of Alzheimer’s disease at Reason to Hope. Reason to Hope is a powerful, one-hour luncheon honoring those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. This year’s event, held at the Mid-America Club in Chicago, is emceed by Paul Lisnek (WGN-TV Political Analyst; Anchor of WGN-TV Political Report) and includes a program featuring testimonies from individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as updates on the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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The Alzheimer’s Association works to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and all other dementia through support groups and other services.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization providing Alzheimer’s care, support, and education completely free of charge in communities across the nation. As the largest nonprofit funder of dementia research, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to advancing cutting-edge research around the globe. The research on Alzheimer’s and dementia is staggering. The Alzheimer’s Association 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures reveals that more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million.

How You Can Help

Families facing Alzheimer’s need us now more than ever. In 2020, COVID-19 contributed to a 17% increase in Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths. When you make a gift to Reason to Hope, you are making a difference for the 230,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Illinois and their 383,000 caregivers. Donate through May 31 and your gift will be matched up to $60,000 thanks to the transformative support of the James J. and Jacqualine A. McDonough Foundation and the Make It Better Media Group.

Reason to Hope Sponsors are at the forefront of the fight to end Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to recognize the following Gold Sponsors for making this event possible: Griffith Foods and Perfect Plastic Printing. Additional support is provided by Silver Sponsors: Amsive, Bank of America Private Bank, GE Healthcare, Horizon Wealth Management, Ingredion, Katten, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, Monarch Landing, Sedgebrook and The Clare and Bronze Sponsors: Dykema Gossett, Hagerty Consulting, Inc. and Mindsight.

Marty Wilke shares, “I have benefited from the Alzheimer’s Association mission, I have embraced the mission, and will continue to participate in the mission by raising awareness and funds to help achieve the goal of a world without Alzheimer’s!” A brighter future is coming within reach thanks to passionate volunteers like Marty, and the impactful work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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