Advocates took to the skies early this week; traveling to Washington, D.C for the annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. Their mission: to raise awareness, ask for key pieces of legislation and advocate on behalf of loved ones affected by the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease.
At the Official Roll Call of the States, our own Ambassador, Kealey West represented our great state of Florida on the first night of the Forum.
Day Two was filled with extensive training on how our volunteer ambassadors and advocates deliver an effective message to their members of Congress (and staff) asking for increased research funding, cosponsorship of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act and the new PCHETA Bill. We ended the day with all 1,200+ advocates sitting down to dinner together for a National Alzheimer’s Dinner. Many political, business and entertainment leaders joined us to celebrate advances and rally around this movement in DC.
Day Three: Wednesday, – the third and final day – was filled with Congressional visits to all House Members and Senators in our area. We put everything we learned into practice! Our contingency, along with over 1,200 people from across the country, wore purple sashes and visited members of Congress. It was a sea of purple pride and a big day for Alzheimer’s advocacy!