September 24, 2018 – This weekend, Rep. Chris Smith joined hundreds of family members and supporters of Alzheimer’s patients for the 2018 Walk To Fight Alzheimer’s in Point Pleasant Beach this Saturday. The walk is hosted annually by Alzheimer’s New Jersey, reported the Point Pleasant Patch.

As the founder & co-chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s, Rep. Smith was proud to join Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s annual walk. Millions of Americans across the country are affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and we must spare no effort to support them, their families and their caregivers.

“By walking, you not only raise critical funds for Alzheimer’s disease, but you also bring visibility, you mobilize and you prioritize efforts to mitigate, and someday cure, this dreaded disease. You also bring hope and a strong sense of solidarity with patients, family, and friends,” Rep. Smith said at the walk.

“The big breakthrough came in 2011, when we passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. It not only created an advisory committee for a whole-of-government approach, but it also created a national strategy with a goal of finding a cure, or a disease-modifying therapy, by 2025. The impact has been profound. Research scholars at NIH, we got them to $600 million in 2015. We tripled it to $1.8 billion this year, 2018, and in 2019, it’ll go to $2.3 billion, which is a 400 percent increase in just five years.

“Your voice has been heard. Have hope,” said Smith.

Read the full Point Pleasant Patch article here.