Things We're Thankful For: Bill Gates Using His Fortune To Fund The Fight Against Alzheimer's
We are always thankful to read stories of hope, especially when the hope we feel could impact hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
For this story, we have the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft to thank. Bill Gates has long been a high-profile philanthropist with a focus on diseases, through his and his wife's prolific Gates Foundation. The $100 million pledge to fight Alzheimer's, however, is not coming from his foundation, but from Bill himself.
"I know how awful it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity," he wrote in a blog post. "It feels a lot like you're experiencing a gradual death of the person that you knew."
It's hard to wrap one's head around the sheer scale of people affected by Alzheimer's across the world—not just people living with the disease, but their friends, families, and caregivers would all benefit from any progress in the fight against the disease. At present, we lack even solutions that can slow the progression of the disease, let alone a drug to cure it.
But Bill is optimistic, and so are leaders in the field.
"With Bill Gates now joining all those already united against dementia, there is new hope for advances in the care and cure of dementia," says Jeremy Hughes, the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society.
Nearly 50 million people worldwide suffer from Dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common form. That number is expected to grow to more than 131 million by 2050, according to the non-profit Alzheimer's Disease International.
For such a massive problem, massive investments are needed. We're thankful for Bill Gates using his vast fortune to help us all imagine a brighter future.
Story Credit: Reuters.com