Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Message in Celebration of the Walk to End Alzheimer's
Aloha and welcome to the many friends, organizers, volunteers, and walkers participating in today’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s!
Today, you join millions of people in more than 600 communities nationwide who are walking to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Your participation today is vitally important—Alzheimer's affects over 26,000 people in Hawaiʻi, and more than 5.4 million people across the United States. This irreversible, progressive brain disorder is one of the top leading causes of death in the U.S. and affects one in three of our kūpuna here in Hawaiʻi, but thanks to your support, we are fighting back together.
In Congress, I’m working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and in both chambers, to pass legislation like the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act to help to improve outcomes for Alzheimer's and dementia patients by increasing information and raising awareness of the available resources for newly diagnosed patients and their families. I’ve also long supported critical investments that promote medical breakthroughs and leadership in biomedical research, and have also worked to ensure that the National Institutes of Health, which leads cutting edge research on Alzheimer’s and other health diseases, gets the funding it needs to continue its important work.
Mahalo nui loa to everyone who put in the extra hours to make this year’s walk possible. Your success year after year is a true sign of what can be accomplished when we work together towards a common goal. To all of the walkers out today, do your best, don’t forget to hydrate, have fun and mahalo for your support!
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