Reason to Hope Co-Chair Jennifer Keeney made a commitment to herself at the start of 2021. She vowed to “get even more focused” on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, having experienced its impacts firsthand with her father and sister. Jennifer is one of many Alzheimer’s Association volunteers dedicating their time and talents to ending the disease for future generations.
At noon on Thursday, April 29, Jennifer will join hundreds of passionate supporters in changing the path of Alzheimer’s disease at Reason to Hope. Reason to Hope is a powerful, one-hour event honoring those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
This year’s virtual event features emcee Paul Lisnek (WGN-TV political analyst; anchor of WGN-TV Political Report) and keynote speaker Ryan Mundy (Founder & CEO, Alkeme Health Co.; Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors).
The inspiring program includes testimonies from those facing Alzheimer’s, as well as updates on the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Association. The organization is the leading voluntary health organization providing Alzheimer’s care, support, and education 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. Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association, 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. 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 381,000 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 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: Amsive, Griffith Foods, and Perfect Plastic Printing. Additional support is provided by Silver Sponsors: The Clare, Horizon Wealth Management, Katten, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, The Lissner Family, Monarch Landing, Sedgebrook and Bronze Sponsors: Bartlett Wealth Management, The Convery Family, Culture Index, LLC, and The Raymont Group.
Co-Chair Jennifer Keeney is rising to meet the challenge she set for herself in the new year for the sake of her kids. “I have learned about the science and legislative advancements that people like me can influence,” Keeney said.
A brighter future is coming within reach thanks to passionate volunteers like Keeney and the impactful work of the Alzheimer’s Association.