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December 27, 2007

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Patty McNally Doherty

It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it? We spend billions of dollars on research for cancer, and diabetes, and AIDS, and heart disease, and stroke, and on and on. We work so hard to live longer – the gym, the smoking cessation, the retirement savings. We clear the path through the forest of our lives, removing obstacles and smoothing our way, only to find at the end that this path of ours falls right off the edge of the world.

They say the world isn’t flat, but when you think about it, it will be for a full 50% of us. The edge we’ll fall off is called Alzheimer’s. And those of us who don’t get it? The other 50%? We’ll be hanging onto the hands of our loved ones, dangling over the edge, unable to let go but unable to pull them back.

Where are the scouts? Where are the true leaders? And why do they keep us on this path? Where are their warning cries? Who stands along this path saying we will not lose ONE MORE PERSON? Who provides a new direction?

No one.

Gail Rae Hudson

I think the registry you're establishing, Mona, definitely qualifies for the category of "provi[ing] a new direction". I salute you and your colleagues.

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