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More than $750,000 was raised the afternoon of February 1st at the Part the Cloud luncheon to fund cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research. This year’s luncheon honored Maria Shriver with the Silver Lining Award for her exceptional contribution to the cause and her commitment to pushing Alzheimer’s disease research forward.
Founded in 2012 by Michaela “Mikey” Hoag with the Alzheimer’s Association, Part the Cloud is a movement to accelerate scientific progress in Alzheimer’s research. Held at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park, the luncheon focused on exceptional women who are changing the conversation about Alzheimer’s disease. Shriver founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), and in 2016, in conjunction with Equinox Sports Clubs, launched the nationwide Move for Minds initiative to raise awareness of and funds for women’s brain science research.
Hoag and event co-chairs Ellen Drew and Debbie Robbins were joined by more than 300 guests comprised of philanthropists and luminaries including Kim Campbell, Paula Cue, David Dolby, Lisa Goldman, Suzanne Kohlberg, Sarah Rafferty and Patty Quillin. The afternoon’s presenting corporate sponsors were Stephen Silver and GE Ventures & healthymagination. Guests were informed of the latest in Alzheimer’s research by Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, Director of the UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and Dr. Maria Carrillo, Chief Science Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association, leaders in the field of Alzheimer’s research.
“In just five years, Part the Cloud has grown into a global movement that is funding cutting-edge trials to fill the gaps in Alzheimer’s drug development by supporting early phase clinical studies,” said Mikey Hoag, “We are overwhelmed by the Bay Area community’s generosity and commitment to ending this devastating disease, and are inspired by the women who joined us at this event who are standing with us as we push this movement forward.”
Part the Cloud will be allocating a portion of the funds raised at the event to the Alzheimer’s Association Women’s Alzheimer’s disease Research Initiative, which supports research initiatives to better understand the biological differences in Alzheimer’s disease between women and men. Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease: two-thirds of Americans living with the disease are women, and two-thirds of the more than 15 million unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers in the U.S. are women.
“Funds raised through Part the Cloud will go directly towards the Alzheimer’s Association’s research programs so we can accelerate research and effective treatments for this fatal disease,” said Maria Carrillo, chief science officer for the Alzheimer’s Association. “We are dedicated to funding innovative research in order to change the course of Alzheimer’s and dementia for millions, and we are grateful for the support of the Bay Area community.”
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States – the only disease in the top ten causes of death without a way to prevent, cure, or slow its progression. Worldwide, there are an estimated 47 million people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To date, Part the Cloud has raised over $17.75 million and funded 21 research grants to support its mission to fund early phase studies with the highest probability of slowing, stopping or ultimately curing the disease. For more information about past Part the Cloud grant recipients please visit https://www.alz.org/partthecloud/researchers.asp. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association® , visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.