Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease. Founded in 2017, Illinois Women Conquer ALZ seeks to engage and empower more women in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by raising awareness and taking action through fundraising events, education and advocacy initiatives.
Register to join Illinois Women Conquer ALZ today!Any new member who signs up between now and May 11 is entered to win two tickets to the Power of Purple, a garden party luncheon on June 9. Visit ilalzwomen.org for more information.
In this article, we feature Illinois Women Conquer ALZ member, Jessica Wright.
How did you initially hear about IWCA, and why did you decide to join?
I was on the Illinois Alzheimer’s Association website, and I saw the initial kick off event to start the membership for IWCA. After attending the event, I eventually signed up to join the group. My biochemistry professor – Dr. Jin -inspired me to be more involved in this research. I would like to be involved scientifically, but being a part of this group enables me to help in another way, which is raising funds for research.
What has your membership been like thus far? What do you hope to accomplish as a member?
I joined the Power of Purple committee immediately and the experience has been extremely beneficial. I love being able to gather and contribute auction items and donations to further our group along in this journey to find a cure. I hope to be a vocal advocate and to continue fundraising for more research in tackling Alzheimer’s disease.
Why do you think this group is important?
IWCA is an important group because even though we support other families that live with this disease, we also support each other through this fight. Alzheimer’s has taken so many of our loved ones, and we provide a united front in combating it head on.
In your opinion, why should other women join IWCA?
I believe that other women should join because we all know someone that has been diagnosed with this disease. It’s important we stand strong together in confronting it. IWCA welcomed me with open arms when I joined, and I think these women are quite inspirational. I am glad to be on this journey to finding a cure so that our future is brighter and stronger with age.