***We’re starting a movement, will you join us? Head to WipeOutAlzheimers.org to stand with us.***
Last night was a big moment for Julianne Moore. I am so happy she received a Best Actress Academy Award for her stellar performance in the magical film Still Alice — a film I am so proud to be co-executive producer of.
As a child of Alzheimer’s, her portrayal of Alice, a 50-year-old linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, left me moved, humbled and so very grateful. As the audience, we see through her eyes the toll this disease takes, not just on the person who gets it, but on all those who love them. We feel her struggle, we sense her bewilderment, we witness her valiant efforts to hold on to who she is, what she knows and what she remembers. Alice struggles to still be herself. Julianne does this so well that audiences and critics have been honoring her with every award in sight — and tonight I hope that streak continues.
This is a special moment in Julianne’s extraordinary career. A well-deserved moment for someone who has worked long and hard and has always given a performance that astounds. But this is also a moment in the fight to wipe out Alzheimer’s.
These are the facts: Someone gets Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds. A woman in her 60’s is twice as likely to get it as she is to get breast cancer. Women make up 65 percent of all those who get Alzheimer’s and they’re nearly two-thirds of all the caregivers in this country.
Why do women get it more? No one knows.
What’s the cure for it? No one knows.
What we DO know is that this film, this performance, is waking up our country to these facts and to the reality that more must be done to wipe out this staggering disease that is affecting millions.
To that end, myself and others have put our brains together to launch a global woman’s initiative called Wipe Out Alzheimer’s. Our mission: to research women’s brains and figure out why this disease is disproportionally affecting us. Our goal: Wipe out Alzheimer’s. When? Right Now. And everyone is invited to join us.
This is our moment, and we’re going to use it to study the female brain to wipe out this mind-blowing disease (and hopefully some others while we’re at it!).
I hope you’ll visit our new site and sign up to join us. And then #PassItForward to your friends.
Visit WipeOutAlzheimers.org to learn more.