To the Editor:
Recently I went to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 25th Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum.
I was proud to be going because an Oklahoman, Ron Grant from Moore was recognized as the National Advocate of the Year for his extensive and enthusiastic support he has given to Alzheimer’s. You see, Ron Grant was diagnosed at age 55 with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s. But instead of retreating into the darkness, he came forward and has shared his story with anyone all over this country as he is one of the 74,000 Oklahomans and over 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Currently the sixth leading cause of death, Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 causes without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
I went to Washington to lend my support to Ron Grant who has done so much to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and is living with the disease every day.
The research Ron so passionately implores our elected officials to fund won’t help him. To his credit he is willing to spend his time, money and energy for others.
Ron has the hope of one day being able to say we have our first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Because right now, NO ONE survives.
On behalf of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, we are proud of Ron and his recognition, but as he has said, “we live in the greatest country in the world. Let’s solve this crisis!”